UEFA releases 236 million euros to aid member federations

first_imgUEFA said on Monday it had allocated 236.5 million euros ($256 million) to its 55 member associations to help overcome the financial impact caused by the coronavirus pandemic.Each national federation will receive 4.3 million euros which can be used towards “its own priorities in light of the negative impact of the coronavirus on football at all levels,” the body said in a statement.The funds come from UEFA’s HatTrick assistance program, which was created in 2004 to support development projects for each member federation. The program will have distributed 2.6 billion euros by 2024, UEFA said. Global governing body FIFA announced on Friday it would release $150 million to its 211 member associations “as the first step of a relief plan”.Those funds originate from the Forward 2.0 program, which was launched in 2016 and will provide $1.746 billion in total. Topics :center_img “Our sport is facing an unprecedented challenge brought about by the COVID-19 crisis. UEFA wants to help its members to respond in ways that are appropriate to their specific circumstances,” said UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.”As a result, we have agreed that up to 4.3 million euros per association, paid for the remainder of this season and next, as well as part of the investment funding, can be used as our members see fit to rebuild the football community.”Last week European football’s governing body released almost 70 million euros in benefit payments to clubs struggling financially during the health crisis. The money was originally put aside to be paid to clubs who had released players for international matches after the completion of the European Championship qualifying play-offs.last_img read more

La Liga: Barca now relying on Real Madrid dropping points – Suarez

first_imgIt was the Blaugrana’s sixth successive trip to Vigo in which they have failed to win and this could prove one of the most costly – if Real Madrid beat basement side Espanyol on Sunday, they go two points clear at the top of the table.“The sensations are negative after that, we have lost two points in the fight for La Liga”, Suarez said after the game, as cited by ESPN. “We had it in our own hands and now we have to hope that Real Madrid drop points. The sensation is one of frustration because we have given up two points.Read Also: Video: Ramos fires home wonder free kick against Real Mallorca“Both teams have tough games to come. This was a complicated place to come, as Villarreal will be next week, and Atletico Madrid at home in midweek. The sensations are that we’ve lost two points and we have to correct things to improve.”Barcelona host in-form Atletico Madrid on Tuesday before a trip to Villarreal next Sunday.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Luis Suarez admits Barcelona are now relying on other teams in the title race in La Liga if they are to retain the league title.Advertisement Loading…center_img The Uruguayan striker netted twice in Saturday’s clash at Celta Vigo but it was not enough for Quique Setien’s side, who dropped points for the second time in three matches.Goals from Fedor Smolov and Iago Aspas – with a well-placed free-kick late on – earned a point for Celta, who indeed could and should have won the game late on but Nolito spurned a glorious opportunity.last_img read more