FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has expressed his sympathy and offered moral support to New Zealand after the city of Christchurch was left devastated by an earthquake on Tuesday.

Over 70 people have been confirmed dead, while many more are missing.

"I have been following with sadness the news of the terrible tragedy in your country and I would like to express my deep sympathy to the people of New Zealand and the New Zealand football family," Blatter wrote in a letter he sent to New Zealand Football (NFF) President Frank Van Hattum and his Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) counterpart David Chung.

"On behalf of FIFA, I wish to extend our moral support and to let you know that our thoughts are with the many victims, the injured and their families."