The UEFA Executive Committee, after a teleconference by its members, decided to give an amount of 236,500,000 euros to the 55 national federations of its member countries as an aid to the financial damage caused by the deadly pandemic of the corona.
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Thus, each of the 55 federations belonging to the European Confederation will receive 4.3 million euros to meet its needs. UEFA has decided to give its members.
UEFA’s HatTrick assistance programme is one of the largest solidarity and development programmes ever to be established by a sports organisation. It was launched in 2004 following the UEFA EURO that took place in Portugal. Based on the simple idea of investing a large proportion of the European championship revenue back into football development in three (hence its name) different ways: investment, education and knowledge-sharing. By 2024, the HatTrick programme will have made a remarkable €2.6 billion available to its member associations.
UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin said:
“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. As a result, we have agreed that up to €4.3m 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.”
Added: “I believe this is a responsible decision to help as much as we can, and I am proud of the unity that football is showing throughout this crisis. Without a doubt, football will be at the heart of life returning to normal. When that time comes, football must be ready to answer that call. “
Back to action
Meanwhile, after Germany, Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic, it has announced that its championship will return to action on May 25. The Russian championship will start again on June 21 or 28. On Monday (27/04) the Russian Federation had a teleconference with the teams where it was decided to start the championships again.
In Russia, the Premier League title was interrupted in the 22nd game (March 16), with Zenit in 1st place with 50 points, followed by Krasnodar and Lokomotiv Moscow with 41 points each.
Following the teleconference, the federation announced that after consultation with the country’s health authorities, it would announce at the beginning of next month the «return protocol» and when teams would be allowed to resume training.
In the Czech Republic, the league, in cooperation with the country’s Ministry of Health and the Footballers’ Union, has reached an agreement. So it was decided that the players would return to the field. The health protocol that the Czechs will follow is based on the German equivalent of team tests, training distances, no locker room attendance and no crowds between players on buses and planes.
All players will be tested for the virus before group training begins on May 11. The games will be held behind closed doors with a maximum of 130 people per stadium. The championship will continue after June 30.
At the time of his suspension, on March 9, Slavia Prague was ahead with 58 points, against 50 of the second Victoria Plzen. Now there are 6 games left for the end of the regular season, while there are playoffs for the championship and exit in the Europa League.