FIFA helps Subrata Paul, Nirmal Chhetri and other Indian footballers with cash to fight Covid-19 crisis

FIFA helps with cash: Indian footballers receieved compensation from the fund created by Fifa and FIFPro due to the surge in Covid-19 cases
FIFA helps with cash: Indian footballers receieved compensation from the fund created by Fifa and FIFPro due to the surge in Covid-19 cases

Fifa helps Indian footballers with cash- Some of the Indian footballers who had applied for compensation last year from the fund created by Fifa and FIFPro, the World Players’ Union, have got a reason to smile even in these morbid times.

The players, mainly from the now-disbanded I-League club DSK Shivajians FC, have received emails that money would be transferred to their respective accounts in 15 working days once they provide the bank details.

In the email, the apex football body wrote to the players: “While Fifa and FIFPro understand and realise that this amount does not fully mitigate the damage you suffered, we trust that it provides relief to our current financial condition.”

Fifa helps Indian footballers with cash-Subrata Paul, Gouramangi Singh, Nirmal Chhetri, Sanju Pradhan, Sumit Passi and Laxmikant Kattimani are among those who would receive amounts varying from $3000 to a little more than $10000. The players had applied through the Football Players Association of India (FPAI), which is recognised by FIFPro.

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Fifa helps Indian footballers with cash- In February last year, Fifa and FIFPro had reached an agreement to establish the Fifa Fund for Football Players (Fifa FFP), which aimed to provide financial support to players who were not paid and had no chance of receiving the wages agreed with their clubs. Of the $16-million global fund created for players’ salary protection, Fifa had set aside $5 million for retrospective claims dating from July 2015 to June 2020.

“Credit goes to FPAI and I am indebted to Fifa and FIFPro for this financial assistance. It is a huge relief in this time of pandemic. Whatever the amount, it’s of big help,” former India international Gouramangi Singh, who is now an assistant coach of FC Bengaluru United, told The Telegraph from Bangalore on Wednesday.