FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has written to the Somali Football Federation following the death of five Somali football fans in a car accident on Tuesday 27 January.

In a letter to the SFF President Nur Said Mohamud, Blatter said: “On behalf of FIFA and the worldwide football family, I wish to extend our condolences to you, to the Somali football community and, most importantly, to the families of the victims, and their friends and loved ones.

“Please let them know that today the football community stands by their side. We would hope that in some way, our words of support may help bring a little bit of peace and solace in this time of sadness to you all.”

Nine other people were also injured in the accident, which occurred as they returned from a match at the Stadium Banaadir, and the FIFA President wished them “a prompt recovery”.