National footballer Roy “Chicken” Richards was killed on July 8, 2017. (Internet photo)

FIFA President, Gianni Infantino has sent a letter of condolences to the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation over the July 8 murder of national footballer, defender Roy “Chicken” Richards.

Richards, 33, died in hospital in Kingstown hours after being shot in his hometown, Barrouallie.

The letter, addressed to SVGFF President, Venold Coombs reads:

“Please accept my deepest condolences on hearing of the tragic passing away of the international player Roy Richards.

“During his career, he was capped 59 times by St. Vincent and the Grenadines and has participated in the last 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

“On behalf of FIFA and the worldwide family of football, I wish to extend our deepest condolences to the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation, and most importantly, to his family, friends and loved ones.

“We would hope that, in some way, our words of support may help bring a little bit of peace and solace in this time of sadness”.

Richards, a defender, played for local club BESCO Pastures and Barbados Club Rendezvous FC.

He will be buried in his Barrouallie on Sunday.