Following the death of Gerard Enault, formerly a general director of the French Football Association (FFF), FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has written to FFF President Noel Le Graet to offer his most sincere condolences.

Mr Enault was a member of FIFA’s Marketing and TV Committee from 1998 to 2005, and then took a seat on the Media Committee of world football’s governing body between 2008 and 2009.

“He played a vital role in promoting and developing football and its values, not just in France and Europe but across the world as a whole,” wrote Blatter.

Mr Enault was the FFF’s general director between 1993 and 2005, a period in which the French national team enjoyed its greatest successes, winning the 1998 FIFA World Cup France™, UEFA EURO 2000 and the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2001 and 2003.

“On behalf of the global football family and in my own name, may I please offer my deepest sympathies both to you and the French Football Association,” concluded Blatter in his letter. “I would be most obliged if you would also extend my heartfelt condolences and support to his family and loved ones at this difficult time.”