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Fifa likely to honour Foe

By Piers Edwards
BBC Sport, Johannesburg

The late Marc-Vivien Foe
Foe died at the 2003 Confederations Cup in France

Fifa may dedicate one of the Confederations Cup matches to the memory of the late Marc-Vivien Foe.

Aged just 28, Foe died shortly after collapsing during the 2003 Confederations Cup in France.

The Cameroonian midfielder died following an on-pitch cardiac arrest caused by a genetic heart defect.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter revealed the idea after being pressed on the matter at a news conference in Johannesburg.

"Now that we are back in Africa, we shall see if a memory to Foe can be staged in one of the matches," said Blatter.

Football's world governing body has already dedicated a previous Confederations Cup match to Foe, namely the 2005 semi-final, which fell two years to the day after his death.

Should a match be staged in his honour, it seems likely to be either one of next week's semi-finals, being staged on Wednesday and Thursday, or the final on Sunday 28 June.

Foe's death has brought a new approach to the prevention of health, disease and cardiologic problems in football
Sepp Blatter

While Fifa established a foundation to look after Foe's wife and the education of his two children, Blatter said the respected Cameroonian's tragic demise left other legacies.

"Foe's death has brought a new approach to the prevention of health, disease and cardiologic problems in football organisation," Blatter declared.

"More and more, a special cardiologic check-up has to be done before tournaments - just as Fifa has done with the eight teams at this year's U-20 World Cup in Egypt.

"Another result was that Fifa has now recommended that a defibrillating machine should be present in all stadiums where football is played."

In his curtailed career, Foe, a powerful central midfielder, won two African Cup of Nations and two French league championships, with Lens in 1998 and Lyon in 2002.

As well as playing in England's Premiership, Foe played at two World Cup finals, winning 64 caps and scoring eight goals for his nation along the way.

In his homeland, where he was given a state burial, the footballer was posthumously awarded Cameroon's Commander of the National Order of Valour.



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State funeral for Foe
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