FIFA President Sepp Blatter said world football was in mourning following the death of Nelson Mandela, while new IOC head Thomas Bach paid tribute to the anti-apartheid icon as a man who understood the power of sport like few others.
Mandela died yesterday at the age of 95.
Blatter said in a statement that "Nelson Mandela will stay in our hearts forever", calling the first democratically elected president of South Africa "probably one of the greatest humanists of our time". The FIFA president also said Mandela was 'a dear friend'.
International Olympic Committee President Bach said Mandela was "a remarkable man who understood that sport could build bridges, break down walls, and reveal our common humanity".