Hayatou says local football authorities across the continent must remain steadfast and take strong measures to combat all forms of violence and wherever violence occurred, strong and exemplary measures be applied to forestall a repeat of tragedies.
"We must remain steadfast and restate in the strongest terms our commitment to eradicate all forms of violence or unsporting behaviour from the continent," Hayatou said adding that football must remain a moment of good fraternity, fellowship, sharing, celebration and joy.
"These values are legendary with African populations, our people's culture of hospitality and solidarity. That is why it is so saddening and heart-breaking to witness any deaths or incidents of violence at stadia," Hayatou said stressing that the entire African football was shocked and mourned the incidents of the Air Defence Stadium.
According to official reports at least 22 fans were killed in a stampede as fans clashed with police at the Air Defence stadium in Sunday 8th February 2015. Following the deaths, the Egyptian football federation announced the suspension of the league indefinitely.
In September 2014, during the CAF annual meetings held in Addis Ababa, the Executive Committee of Africa's football governing body, following a request made by the President of CAF, agreed to set up a working group whose mandate is to propose solutions to curb what Hayatou considered two major scourges plaguing African football today; namely: violence at stadia and age-cheating.
The CAF Executive Committee then resolved to name the CAF Fair Play Award after Cameroon and JS Kabylie striker Albert Ebosse. Ebosse was killed by a projectile at the end of a match of the Algerian championship last year.