As the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic ripple across world football. FIFA sees a “duty” to offer a lifeline from its vast cash reserves. During the distressing time amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a couple of Indian Footballers have received some happy news. Last year, some former DSK Shivajian players’ applied for compensation from a fund created by FIFA. The players will have to provide their bank details to the governing body. They should receive the compensation within 15 working days.
In the mail, FIFA also wrote: “While FIFA and FIFPro understand and realize that this amount does not fully mitigate the damage you suffered, we trust that it provides relief to your current financial condition.”
“I never thought I would get compensation for the money I lost in DSK Shivajians. Fifa and FIFPro have done a wonderful job. FPAI also needs to be lauded for helping the players in sending foolproof applications”- Nirmal Chhetri.
The Story Behind Shivajian veterans receiving compensation from FIFA
Subrata Paul, Gouramangi Singh, Nirmal Chhetri, Sanju Pradhan, Sumit Passi, and Laxmikant Kattimani are among those who would receive amounts varying from $3000 to $10000.
In February last year, Fifa and FIFPro had reached an agreement to establish the Fifa Fund for Football Players. It aimed to provide financial support to players who were not paid by their clubs. All of them turned up for DSK Shivajians in the season 2016-17 and did not get their salaries once the season got over.
In 2017, DSK Shivajians closed up shop and could not fulfill their financial obligations to the players.
The players went to the All India Football Association’s (AIFF) Players Status Committee for help. Despite getting a favorable verdict, the players did not get their money since the club already disbanded and the owners were in a difficult situation.
Years after that ordeal, the majority of these players are playing elsewhere and Gouramangi is now retired from active competition. However, they will be pleased that they got justice and also some financial assistance in these difficult times.
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