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Federation Internationale de Football Association

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FIFA extends condolences to Ivorian football community

"On behalf of FIFA and the worldwide family of football, I wish to express extreme sorrow and extend our condolences to the Ivorian football community and, most importantly, to family, friends and loved ones following the tragic deaths in Abidjan yesterday", expressed FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.

When those football supporters set out for the Felix Houphouet-Boigny stadium they were going to see their national team play in a FIFA World Cup™/CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, and this morning, the result of that match pales into insignificance.

FIFA is in contact with the Federation Ivorienne de Football and have requested a full report from them, as well as the local authorities to establish the sequence of events that happened outside the stadium before the match.

Once this report has been received, FIFA will be in a position to make further comment, as well as continue our efforts to ensure that such tragic circumstances do not happen again.