COVID-19 pandemic to price soccer $14 billion this 12 months, says FIFA | Soccer Information

BERN: The COVID-19 pandemic is prone to price membership soccer $14 billion this 12 months worldwide, round one third of its worth, a number one official at world soccer physique FIFA mentioned on Wednesday.
Olli Rehn, who heads the FIFA committee set as much as deal with the results of the pandemic, mentioned that FIFA, together with monetary consultants, had estimated the membership sport to be value between $40 billion and $45 billion worldwide.
He mentioned the determine of $14 billion was primarily based on the present state of affairs, the place soccer is slowly restarting after a three-month hiatus earlier this 12 months, however it could be a “totally different ball sport” if the pandemic didn’t let up.
“Soccer has been hit very laborious by the coronavirus pandemic,” Rehn, a former EU commissioner and now governor of the Financial institution of Finland, advised Reuters tv.
“It has created loads of turmoil at totally different ranges with some skilled golf equipment dealing with very critical difficulties. I am additionally very involved about youth academies and decrease division golf equipment.”
Rehn mentioned that soccer in South America had been particularly laborious hit, whereas Africa and Asia have been additionally a priority.
“It’s a actual hazard that the great work that has been achieved growing soccer in Asia and Africa could possibly be ruined, so we need to soften the blow and keep the event that has been achieved,” he mentioned.
FIFA has allotted $1.5 billion to assist deal with the results of the pandemic and Rehn mentioned 150 of the 211 member associations had thus far utilized for funds.
He mentioned that, whereas soccer was slowly re-awakening, one other downturn couldn’t be dominated out.
“The important factor might be whether or not a vaccine might be developed and can be utilized, and that we’ve medical and different means to totally comprise and tame the pandemic, and that’s unsure,” he mentioned.
“We can not rule out worse developments and that might be one other ball sport if the pandemic have been to proceed in a extreme kind subsequent 12 months. Now we’re engaged on the premise of the present state of affairs.”

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