FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has been awarded the honorary Order of the Sri Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang (SSAP) by Sultan Ahmad Shah, the current Sultan of the state of Pahang in Malaysia.

The SSAP, which carries the title Dato’ Sri, has been conferred on Mr Blatter in conjuction with the ruler’s 80th birthday. Sultan Ahmad was born in 1930 at Mangga Tunggal Palace in Pekan Pahang. His official and royal consort, Tengku Ampuan Afzan binti Tengku Panglima Perang Muhammad, is a member of the Terengganu royal family and he succeeded his late father in 1974.

In a letter addressed to the FIFA President, Dato’ Sri Haji Adnan Bin Haji Yaakob wrote: “On behalf of the Government of the State of Pahang Darul Makmur, I would like to congratulate you on this conferment and I hope you will continue to render excellent service to the Ruler and the State of Pahang Darul Makmur.”

Responding to the honour, Blatter wrote: “It is with honour and pride that I accept the Order of the Sri Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang in conjuction with the 80th birthday of His Royal Highness The Sultan of Pahang. It is with high respect that I accept this award."