FIFA’s $16m wages fund receives 441 player applications for help

June 16 – A total of 441 applications have been made to FIFA by players for financial aid through a $16 million scheme allowing them to claim wages unpaid by their clubs.

The bulk of those applying to FIFA’s Fund for Football Players (FFP), created prior to the global health pandemic, are based in Europe, with only 11% from other parts of the world.

Players can apply until the end of June via world players’ union FIFPro.

FIFA set aside $5 million for retrospective claims dating from July 2015 to the end of this month. A further $11 million is allocated for the next three years.

The scheme is designed to help players at clubs who go out of business and avoid paying wages before reforming,  leaving former employees unable to reclaim what they are due.

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