Football’s world governing body FIFA on a release on fifa.com on Friday April 24, 2020 will release the sum of 150 Million USD to all 211 member associations to assist the football community which have been affected negatively by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This comes four days after the president of the Senegalese FA Augustin Senghor had told the BBC that there will be deep financial impact on the game in his country as clubs find it difficult to pay their players couple with the fact that there is uncertainty on when the crisis will end.
“The clubs are asking for help from the FA and the state government and we are waiting for an answer from the government” Senghor told the BBC.
Though many pundits see it as a coincidence, it is the duty of the world football governing body to assist its 211 member associations in times of crisis.
“The pandemic has caused unprecedented challenges for the entire football community and, as the world governing body, it is FIFA’s duty to be there and support the ones that are facing acute needs“, Gianni Infantino told reporters.
According to fifa.com, this financial assistance should be used to mitigate the financial impact of COVID-19 and football in member associations namely, to meet financial or operational obligations that may have towards staffs and other third parties.
Though many say, the move from the sports world governing body is the release of the operational cost for 2020, which was due in July will be paid immediately but it is a welcome initiative as each member associations is said to receive 500,000 USD from the COVID-19 relief plan of FIFA in the coming days.
According to fifa.com, the next stage of the plan are currently being finalized and will be communicated in due course.