Mandela tributes before each Club World Cup match

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 Dec. 21 in Marrakech.

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


Mandela helped South Africa become the continent’s first host of

the World Cup in 2010.

The anti-apartheid leader and former South African president

died last week at 95.