Blatter offers his condolences to Congo DR

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has expressed his sadness after the tragic loss of life at the Stade Tata Raphael in Congo DR yesterday, following the stampede at the end of the match between ASV Club and TP Mazembe on the final day of the league season. In a letter addressed to the Congolese Football Association (FECOFA), Mr Blatter underlined his support for the families of the victims.

"On behalf of FIFA and in my own name, I offer you, and the Congolese Football Association, my sincerest condolences," Mr Blatter said, in a message sent to FECOFA President Constant Omari Selemani. "I would be most grateful if you would pass on the deep sympathy and support of the entire international football community to the families, loved ones and clubs of the deceased and victims at this very difficult time."

"May this message soften their pain and bring them support and comfort," added the FIFA President. As a sign of mourning, the flags of Congo DR and CAF were also flown at half-mast at FIFA's Zurich headquarters.