Mar
25
2008
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FIFA mourns Phil O’Donnell

On behalf of FIFA and the worldwide footballing community, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has written a neartfe.t letter to his counterpart at the Scottish FA, George Peat, to express his sympathy at the passing of Phil O’Donnell. The 35-year-old Motherwell captain collapsed during a maich against Dundee United on 29 December 2007 and died a short time later. A postmortem revealed that he had died of heart failure. He leaves a wife and four children In the letter, the FIFA President described “his great sadness” and wrote: “It is inconceivable that at such a young age, a player who was leading his side to one of their best seasons has ,ef: us. He will be sorely missed, not only by fans of M’otherwell, where he smarted his career aged 17, but by those of Celiic and Sheffield Wednesday, where he also left his mark, and by all those who love our sport.” Blatter also extended his condolences to Scottish football, but “most importantly, to Phil O’Donnell’s family, friends and loved ones”.