Everyone at FIFA was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Nelson Mandela’s great-granddaughter, Zenani. FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has written to the former South African President to convey the condolences of the entire football family.

Blatter wrote: “I heard the unspeakably tragic news that your great-granddaughter had lost her life in a car accident. I am stunned as I sit here, I cannot understand it and I simply cannot find the words to express my sadness. The entire football family mourns with you and your family, and today we stand by their side.

“It goes without saying that we fully understand that you cannot be with us at the opening ceremony and match later today. He will, however, be with us in spirit, for which we are incredibly grateful.”

The full letter can be accessed by clicking the link on the right.