FNB Stadium Stampede: FIFA President Reacts To The Soweto Derby Tragedy


Information from the South African Football Association (SAFA) says FIFA President, Gianni Infantino has reacted to the FNB Stadium stampede.

It’s said that the leader of the international soccer governing body sent a message of condolences to SAFA with respect to the unfortunate loss of lives at the FNB Stadium during the Soweto Derby.

The FNB Stadium stampede happened last weekend on Saturday, 29th July 2017.

According to Infantino, he was shocked and sad when he learnt about the incident. The FIFA President extended his condolences to the entire football community in South Africa.

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A letter he addressed to SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan read thus:

“It was with shock and great sadness that I learned of the tragic stampede at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, that hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final, during the Soweto Derby match between South African Premier League rivals Kaizer Chiefs FC and Orlando Pirates FC on Saturday, 29 July 2017, which caused the death of two persons and injured several other people.

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.

Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who have died, as well as the injured victims, and the international football family extends its greatest sympathy to them at this cruel moment in time.

We hope that this message of solidarity may, in some small way, be a source of support and comfort for them.”

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Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) party has expressed its support for SAFA’s quest for an investigation into what caused the stampede.

The party promised that it will fully interrogate the final report of the investigation.

“We should ensure that our focus is on making the sports arena a safe environment for our fans. The DA stands together with the families and sports community as they mourn the passing of their loved ones and would like to wish the injured a speedy recovery.

They are all in our thoughts during this difficult time,” stated the party.