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‘A little strange’: UEFA’s Ceferin on FIFA Covid-19 relief fund plans

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has voiced criticism on the planned distribution process of funds by the world governing body FIFA to those in football hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

Berlin, 6 April 2020 (dpa/MIA) – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has voiced criticism on the planned distribution process of funds by the world governing body FIFA to those in football hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

FIFA on Tuesday announced it was “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 European football chief Ceferin told German public broadcasters ZDF late Saturday that the whole process should not be left to FIFA alone.

“FIFA’s explanation was that they want to use it for those who need it urgently. We should agree to this so that the FIFA administration can then decide who gets how much money. In my opinion, and that of a few other people, this is a little strange,” Ceferin said.

“Strict regulations are needed for this, and you can’t just leave it to the FIFA administration to find out who needs the most help. That is too simple.”

Ceferin has been at odds with FIFA president Gianni Infantino on previous occasions over other issues.

FIFA is meanwhile working together with its confederations on scenarios in which the season is extended beyond the usual June 30 deadline, which would impact player contracts and transfers.

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