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FIFA president Blatter expresses 'anger, distress' at bombings in letter to Boston mayor

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    FIFA President Joseph Sepp Blatter speaks to reporters at the Jose Marti airport upon arrival to Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Blatter is visiting Cuba for two days and then travels to Panama. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)The Associated Press

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    Flowers and signs adorn a barrier at Boylston Street near the of finish line of Monday's Boston Marathon explosions, which killed at least three and injured more than 140, in Boston, Wednesday, April 17, 2013. The bombs that blew up seconds apart near the finish line left the streets spattered with blood and glass, and gaping questions of who chose to attack at the Boston Marathon and why. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)The Associated Press

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has written to the mayor of Boston expressing "distress at the cruel bombings" at the city's marathon.

Blatter wrote to Thomas M. Menino condemning the "cowardly actions, which are not only an attack on the citizens of Boston, but also on sport itself and its ethics of discipline, respect and fair play."

FIFA published excerpts of the letter — also sent to Thomas Grilk, the executive director of the Boston Athletic Commission — on its website Wednesday.

Two bombs exploded near the finish line of Monday's race, killing three people and wounding more than 170.

Blatter wrote that "my immediate thoughts and sympathies go out to the victims and their families."