FIFA President pays tribute to Michael Robinson
A hugely successful broadcaster in Spain since the end of his playing days, Michael Robinson died on Tuesday at the age of 61 after a long battle with skin cancer.
Tributes to the 24-time capped former Preston, Manchester City, Brighton, Liverpool, QPR and Osasuna player have poured in from across the football world with FIFA President Infantino sending his own message of support via the FAI.
In his letter to President McAnaney, Gianni Infantino wrote: “I would like to express my sincerest and heartfelt condolences on the passing of former international player, Michael Robinson. Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel for this loss affecting Irish football.
“Whole-hearted player, well known and respected figure in the Spanish football media, a person who loved football and who knew how to explain it with knowledge and passion, his legacy and achievements, and in particular his friendly personality, his popularity, his charism and his human qualities, will not be forgotten, and he will be truly missed.
“On behalf of the international football community, I wish to extend our deepest sympathy to The Football Association of Ireland, and to Michael’s family, friends and loved ones. Our thoughts are with all of you. We hope that these memories and our words of support may help bring some peace and solace at this difficult time.”
Welcoming the show of solidarity from FIFA, FAI President Gerry McAnaney commented: “On behalf of the Association, I wish to thank President Infantino for his kind and thoughtful words upon the sad passing of our former international Michael Robinson. I will forward this lovely tribute from Gianni Infantino to the Robinson family at the earliest opportunity.
“It is clear from all the tributes paid to Michael since his untimely death that he was one of the game’s true gentleman as well as being a very fine footballer. I would like to add my own sympathies to those of the FAI to the Robinson family. May he rest in peace.”