FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has expressed his sadness at the death of Alun Evans, the former general secretary of the Football Association of Wales. In a letter to Jonathan Ford, chief executive of the Football Association of Wales, Blatter sent his condolences to both Evans’ family and to Welsh football as a whole on behalf of the international football family.

He wrote: “At FIFA, Alun will be remembered as a man who represented his country’s football at all levels, under whose visionary leadership a league structure was established in Wales, thus contributing to the development of the game and creating more chances for Welsh players to compete at elite level.

Blatter affirmed that Evans would be remembered for his commitment to his country's football at all levels and that his leadership played an integral part in the resurgence of Welsh football. “We hope that Alun was able to enjoy the renaissance of the Welsh national team in recent months and the emergence of such exciting young players on the international scene, in which his services to the development of Welsh football over more than two decades undoubtedly played a part.”

Evans, who served as a member of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee between 1990 and 1995 and the FIFA Technical and Development Committee from 1988 to 1991, passed away on Saturday 12 November at the age of 69.