Mandela "under pressure" for World Cup final

08:13, July 12, 2010      

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Nelson Mandela's family said that the world soccer body FIFA has pressured South Africa's former president to attend the World Cup final on Sunday.

The 91-year-old icon missed the World Cup opening ceremony after his great-granddaughter died in a car crash.

His grandson, Mandla Mandela, complained that his family should be left alone to mourn Zenani, who was killed while returning home from a World Cup concert in Soweto on June 10.

He told BBC Radio the family has "come under extreme pressure from FIFA requiring and wishing that my grandfather could be at the final" between Spain and the Netherlands.

FIFA should "understand we've had a loss in the family and we are in mourning, and that for me would be enough reason to leave the family to be for now," he added.

Source: Xinhua

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