FIFA is mourning the death of senior vice president, Guillermo Cañedo. Mr Cañedo, who was one of the leading authorities in the world of football, died during the night from Monday to Tuesday after a long illness at the age of 76.

With his passing, the football world has lost one of its most pre-eminent personalities. His death brings to an end a long and remarkable activity in the service of international football. From 1962 to 1968 he was the member for CONCACAF (Confederation for North and Central America and the Caribbean) on the world Federation's Executive Committee, from 1968 up to his death as a vice president. Guillermo Cañedo also served on several other FIFA bodies, for example, the Media Committee of which he became chairman in 1972, a position in which his profound knowledge as a lawyer and television specialist stood FIFA in good stead.

Guillermo Cañedo earned international recognition above all as a competent organiser of the World Cup. As the President of the local organising committee for the 1970 and 1986 FIFA World Cups in his own country, Mexico, he deservedly established a highly-respected reputation for his expertise in running this event. The FIFA World Cup Organising Committee benefited from his vast experience and dedication for over thirty years, especially after he became its chairman following the death of his predecessor, Hermann Neuberger (Germany) in 1992.

FIFA has sent condolences to the deceased's bereaved wife and family.