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Jun 4, 2020

F.F.B. General Secretary Says FIFA COVID Relief for Athletes Still Not Received

But there is another dilemma at the F.F.B. because the coaching staff and athletes, who have contracts with the F.F.B., believe the federation is taking advantage of them. News Five was contacted by several athletes who say that FIFA earmarked approximately one point two five million dollars for COVID-19 relief for coaching staff and athletes. But according to General Secretary of the F.F.B., Earl Jones, FIFA has advanced funds to the federation for operations and as per strict FIFA guidelines; the funds cannot be used to mitigate contracts. That promised assistance from FIFA for coaching staff and athletes has not been received.

 

On the Phone: Earl Jones, General Secretary, F.F.B.

“Yes, F.F.B. had received funds from FIFA which was given in advance instead of coming in July or August, they had given us the funds earlier and that is to run the operation for the remainder of the year and also to engage in the projects that FIFA had identified that we should be doing with their funds. No funds were allotted by FIFA to assist any player or any club. FIFA comes with a set of regulations which have not been relaxed. What we had mentioned to the clubs is that FIFA would be making available some funds, they mentioned, to assist the clubs in mitigating the contracts that they have with the players. F.F.B. was trying to expedite the situation to see if we can use some of the funds that was allotted to us for operations to offset that and then reimburse and FIFA was simply saying to us that we need to follow the regulations that we cannot reimburse, we cannot pay players out of the funds that they have approved for the operations because that budget was sent to them and they approved and they sent the money. It has to be spent according to that. So we don’t have any funds to really pay the players to mitigate the contract. We were just trying to see if we can help in the meanwhile to see if something will be coming from FIFA for the COVID relief assistance. I think they are of the opinion that those monies that FIFA sent was to mitigate all these problems that COVID-19 brought on, but that was not so. That money that FIFA had promised is yet to come. I don’t know what is coming, if anything is coming. There is a promise that they will look at it. We submitted all the reports, we did all our surveys and we submitted it to them. Their developmental committee will look at that and determine what is the level of assistance this country needs.”


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