Commissioner Vassiliou calls for 'fair play, respect and solidarity' at World Cup
The World Cup will provide a "unique opportunity" to communicate that violence, racism and discrimination have no place in football and no place in today's world, says Commissioner Vassiliou in a letter to FIFA President Sepp Blatter today.
The Commissioner, whose portfolio includes responsibility for sport, states that the month-long tournament "is an opportunity to celebrate not only sporting excellence, but also the common values that unite us: fair play, respect and solidarity".
She also expresses the hope that the event will bring lasting social and cultural benefits to Africa and looks forward to taking forward the close collaboration that the Commission has developed with FIFA
"We are all looking forward to watching the world's greatest players create an unforgettable spectacle on the pitch. The first ever World Cup to be staged on the African continent also promises to be the most lively, colourful and passionate yet. May the best team win," she adds.
The World Cup kicks of in Johannesburg on 11 June. The final takes place in the same city on 11 July.