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« Reply #60 on: September 16, 2020, 12:41:47 PM »
It’s a huge number': Fifa believes football has lost £11.1bn to Covid
By Paul MacInnes, The Guardian


Football across the world lost $14.4bn (£11.1bn) during the coronavirus crisis, analysis conducted by Fifa suggests. The governing body of the global game has revealed that 150 of its 211 member associations have applied for emergency Covid grants, with one executive describing the situation as “impossible” for Fifa to mitigate alone.

The effect of the pandemic is estimated to have wiped $14.4bn from club and international football, even with restarts taken into account. “It’s a huge number and it covers the football economy in its entirety,” said Olli Rehn, the chairman of the Fifa Covid-19 relief plan steering committee. “It cannot be an exact figure, but it is an estimate of losses in 211 member associations.”

Fifa estimates that the club game generates $40-45bn annually. Rehn says that whereas European clubs have lost the most money in total, the relative losses incurred elsewhere are much greater, with Latin America and Brazil in particular seriously affected. These estimates are Fifa’s baseline scenario.

“If you look at the breakdown of losses in absolute and relative terms, European clubs and member associations were most impacted in absolute figures,” he said. “But relatively those outside Europe have struggled more, especially in Latin America, mainly as a result of revenue mix and season timing. Smaller countries that are dependent on Fifa will actually be hit least.”

Rehn, a former European commissioner and head of the bank of Finland, said: “The loss under any scenario was too great for Fifa to mitigate alone. We are working very intensively with confederations to improve the situation.”

This summer Fifa announced a $1.5bn programme of grants and loans designed to help its members. Each association was entitled to $1.5m in grants, with a third of that figure ringfenced for the development of the women’s game.

Rehn said the majority of associations had applied for the women’s game grants, which he insisted would be subject to strict regulations that would stop the money being spent on other purposes. “Conditions are constructed so that you cannot use it, for example, for building new pitches,” he said. “Fifa’s funding flows are transparent. All beneficiaries have to account for ever single cent to auditors … We have learned our lesson and we are improving our actions.”

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« Reply #61 on: October 13, 2020, 08:27:55 AM »
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« Reply #62 on: October 27, 2020, 02:41:20 PM »
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« Reply #63 on: October 28, 2020, 02:43:53 PM »
Infantino in quarantine after positive covid test
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Gianni Infantino has had to clear his diary for the next few days after becoming latest high-profile figure to test positive for Covid-19.

FIFA said its president, whose last public appearances was reportedly at FIFA’s Compliance Summit which ended on October 16 when all attendees were present via video, had reported mild symptoms, is in self-isolation and will quarantine for at least 10 days.

“All people who came into contact with the FIFA President during the last few days have been informed accordingly and they are being requested to take the necessary steps,” a statement said.

No information has been forthcoming about where and when Infantino caught the virus but he attended a signing ceremony at the White House last month to mark the US-brokered diplomatic pact between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Three weeks ago he also went to Qatar to inspect preparations for the 2022 World Cup.  FIFA are not saying which, if any, engagements he has had to cancel.

FIFA also did not outline who would lead the organisation should the illness prevent him from carrying out any duties for any prolonged length of thime. AFC president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa is FIFA’s first vice president and would be the next in line to step in if an interim president were required.

His case comes amid a surge in second wave infections in Switzerland where authorities are set to announce new measures to control the spread of the virus.

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« Reply #64 on: March 11, 2021, 02:24:45 AM »
Sporting leagues must continue to wait
By Jelani Beckles (T&T Newsday).


SPORTING leagues and competitions in T&T have not received the green light yet to resume.

On Wednesday, at the covid19 media briefing, Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram was asked if sporting leagues will be allowed to resume. He said, "We will continue to make our recommendations from time to time based on the numbers, based on the occupancy to the honourable Prime Minister and honourable Minister of Health (Terrance Deyalsingh) and then ultimately the decision will lie with them in the coming weeks.

I am sure we will review certain aspects of what is still being viewed as closed in terms of sectors and we will make our recommendations as per usual, but nothing concrete has been made."

At a covid19 briefing on February 20, Minister of Sport and Community Development Shamfa Cudjoe said that sporting enthusiasts would be allowed to participate in outdoor recreational activities from February 22.

"I am here to simply announce that we are going to continue our roll back measures and today we are opening up to be able to have sporting activity taking place for recreational purposes."

Sports such as football and cricket can be held because Cudjoe said activities involving 22 people or less can take place.

Cudjoe added, "We are not going to open up yet for leagues and that type of large activity that may attract larger crowds, so I am pleased (about) this roll back feature and that we are getting ready to go out and play once again."

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