FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has written to his Italian FA (FIGC) counterpart, Giancarlo Abete, to express his “immense sadness” at the passing of veteran administrator Dario Borgogno.

The 87-year-old, who died last week in Rome, performed several functions for both FIFA and UEFA during a distinguished career in which he was FIGC general secretary from 1971 until 1987 and helped lead the Local Organising Committee at the 1990 FIFA World Cup™.

Blatter wrote: “I will carry the memory of Dario as a qualified leader and more importantly as an extraordinary man, whose work always carried the imprint of his human qualities, not only for the FIGC but also in European and world football.

"During his period [as general secretary], in 1982, the Italian team wrote one of the most beautiful pages of their history by winning, for the third time, the FIFA World Cup in Spain. Later, with the help of Luca de Montezemolo, he contributed greatly to the success of this excellent competition in your country in his capacity of general manager of the 1990 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee.”