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Mandela tributes before each Club World Cup match

December 10, 2013

ZURICH (AP) — Fans will be asked to applaud Nelson Mandela before kickoff at all eight Club World Cup matches in Morocco this month.

FIFA says spectators will be asked “to stand together in unity to applaud and re-transmit Mandela’s message of hope and love across the world.”

What FIFA is calling a “Madiba Moment” will begin when Raja Casablanca plays Auckland City to open the seven-team tournament on Wednesday in Agadir. The final is on Dec. 21 in Marrakech.

The Club World Cup is being played in Africa for the first time.

Mandela helped his native South Africa become the continent’s first host of the World Cup in 2010.

The anti-apartheid campaigner and former South African president died last Thursday at 95.

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