FIFA 'pressurising' Madiba

2010-07-11 12:37

London - Nelson Mandela's family claim that FIFA has put "extreme pressure" on South Africa's former president to attend the World Cup final.

The 91-year-old anti-apartheid icon has kept a low profile during the monthlong tournament, having decided against attending the opening game on June 11 following the death of his great granddaughter.

Mandela's grandson, Mandla Mandela, told BBC Radio the family has "come under extreme pressure from FIFA requiring and wishing that my grandfather be at the final" on Sunday between Spain and the Netherlands at Soccer City in Johannesburg.

Mandla added that FIFA should "understand we've had a loss in the family and we are in mourning, and that for me would be enough reason to leave the family to be for now."

More In This Category

Diego Maradona has sent a message of love and admiration to former president Fidel Castro and promised to visit Cuba soon.
Gideon Sam, president of South Africa's Olympic governing body SASCOC, has urged South Africans to look further down the road.
A German aquarium says there is no way it will sell or lend octopus oracle Paul to Spain, after repeated requests from the country.
Nine out of 10 foreign visitors in SA for the World Cup will recommend the country as an ideal holiday destination, a survey has found.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk