With 24 of the 52 matches of the FIFA World Youth Championship for the Coca-Cola Cup already played, FIFA has expressed its satisfaction with the way the tournament has gone so far.

"As well as many exciting matches, we have also seen an unusually high level of refereeing and plenty of examples of fair play, with very few red cards in the games so far," said FIFA General Secretary, Sepp Blatter.

"There have been some outstanding performances by teams and individual players, and the competition promises to be extremely hard fought in the remaining games," he added. "It's a pity that Malaysia have been eliminated, but full credit to them for their brave displays against the strong teams of Morocco and Uruguay."

Mr. Blatter said that attendances at the World Youth Championship had been more or less as one would expect at this stage of such a tournament, and hoped that the Malaysian public would respond to the energetic efforts of the Local Organising Committee and the main sponsor, Coca-Cola, to attract crowds to the games.

"We have had excellent support from both the LOC and Coca-Cola, as well as the other sponsors, in the build-up to this Championship," the FIFA General Secretary added, "and they all share in the event's success."

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