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FIFA plans emergency fund to support football

Faced with mounting concerns and daily updates about the crisis brought by the coronavirus pandemic on the global soccer industry, FIFA is drawing up plans for an emergency relief fund worth hundreds of millions of dollars, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The fund, should global soccer leaders sign off on it, would amount to the biggest response from any major sports governing body to the financial impact of the pandemic.

As in other parts of the global economy, movement restrictions to reduce the spread of the disease have halted the cash flow in a business in which long-term financial planning is typically treated as a luxury, with gate receipts and broadcast and sponsorship income largely committed to players salaries and transfer market trading.

That has led several federations, clubs and leagues to declare themselves to be in a state of financial distress. Few weeks within lockdown, clubs announced pay cuts as the only solution as many were nearing bankruptcy.

Even the biggest teams have not been immune to the first shutdown of its kind since World War II. Barcelona and Juventus announced pay reductions for their multimillionaire playing roster, and others have followed suit.

FIFA is in a strong financial situation and its our duty to do the utmost to help them in their hour of need, FIFA said in a statement on Tuesday of this week.

Therefore, we confirm FIFA is working on possibilities to provide assistance to the football community around the world after making a comprehensive assessment of the financial impact this pandemic will have on football.

The scale of the crisis was brought into focus in a letter sent to the members of the European Club Association, an umbrella body for more than 200 top division clubs in Europe, by the organizations chairman, Andrea Agnelli.

Botswana Football Association (BFA) eagerly waits for the FIFA funds. The association however is mindful of internal battles ahead. While FIFA will want associations to pay contracted players, it is said regional teams also want to have a cut from those funds.

But it is well known that many teams in the regional structures do not have contracts with players. But BFA will not risk to omit them because many of the football administrators are to vote in the next coming BFA elective congress.

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Charges of attempted rape and assault have been dropped against Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood who was arrested in January 2022 after the allegations emerged.

The 21-year-old was arrested in January last year amid allegations surrounding images and videos that emerged online.

He was later charged with attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the charges were discontinued after a key witness withdrew their involvement.

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Raphael Varane announces retirement from international football after 10 years of service.

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Finally, sponsors jerk BFA

30th January 2023

With many being of the view that the state of football in Botswana has deteriorated significantly as it is no longer appealing to the business community, this was a good week for the football community. The Botswana Football Association (BFA) leadership under the stewardship of MacLean Letshwiti secured sponsorship for a combined value of P19. 3 million for the FA Cup competition and the First Division league – both South and North.

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