FIFA mourns victims of SA football stampede

FIFA President, Gianni  Infantino

FIFA President, Gianni Infantino


JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – FEDERATION of International Football Associations (FIFA) President, Gianni Infantino, has expressed shock and sadness at the death of two fans during the recent Soweto derby in South Africa.
He sent a message of condolence to the South African Football Association (SAFA) on Thursday.
A stampede claimed the lives of the fans and injured scores others during the pre-season Carling Black Label Cup at the FNB Stadium between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
The stadium hosted the 2010 World Cup Final between eventual winners Spain and The Netherlands.
“On behalf of FIFA and in my own name, I extend my sincerest apologies to you, your association, the two clubs, as well as the entire football community in South Africa,” Infantino stated to SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan.
Infantino expressed solidarity with the families of the deceased and injured victims.
“We hope that this message of solidarity may, in some small way, be a source of support and comfort for them.”
The Premier Soccer League has opened a probe into the stampede.
In 2001, 43 fans were killed in a stampede at Ellis Park, Johannesburg during a league encounter between Chiefs and Pirates.
They are South Africa’s most supported sides. – CAJ News

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