FIFA Pays Tribute to AP Sports Writer

Friday, Jul 9, 2010  |  Updated 10:15 AM CDT
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FIFA Pays Tribute to AP Sports Writer

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PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 23: Former US President Bill Clinton (L) with FIFA President Joseph Sepp Blatter (R) during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group C match between USA and Algeria at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on June 23, 2010 in Tshwane/Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter has paid tribute to Associated Press Sports Writer Robert Millward, who died Thursday while covering the World Cup.

Millward collapsed and died in his Johannesburg hotel room, apparently of natural causes. He was 58.

At a daily briefing Friday, FIFA spokesman Nicolas Maingot said "let us please think of AP Sports Writer Robert Millward, who as you might know, very sadly passed away yesterday."

He then read the contents of a letter to the AP from Blatter: "I will remember Robert Millward, who was a true connoisseur of sports in general and football in particular. He has always been a dedicated professional who has covered a total number of seven FIFA World Cups."

Maingot then asked journalists to stand for a moment's silence.

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