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FIFA Approves N386m For NFF To Restart Football Activities

FIFA Grant

FIFA has ratified a $1m (N382.5m) grant to the Nigerian Football Federation ”to protect and restart its football.”

The NFF and other member associations across the globe will benefit from FlFA’s $1.5bn groundbreaking COVlD-19 relief plan.

The NFF under Amaju Pinnick can also access interest-free loans of up to $5m, according to a statement.

FIFA Grant

It added that each member association would receive an additional $500,000 grant for women’s football during the plan’s third phase.

The massive spending plan aims to help men and women’s professional football, as well as youth and grassroots footballs.

Each of the six football confederations will also receive a grant of $2m.

“This relief plan is a great example of football’s solidarity and commitment in such unprecedented times,” FIFA president Gianni lnfantino said.

“I would like to thank my colleagues of the Bureau of the Council for approving the decision to move forward with such an important initiative for the benefit of all member associations and confederations.” he added.

FIFA expects to make the grant available by January 2021.

Meanwhile, prosecutors in Switzerland have launched criminal proceedings against FIFA President, Gianni Infantino

The proceedings aim to investigate his dealings with Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber.

This comes a week after Mr. Lauber offered to resign after a court concluded he covered up a meeting with Mr. Infantino and lied to supervisors while his office probed corruption surrounding soccer’s governing body.

Switzerland’s federal prosecutors on Thursday, July 30, said that special prosecutor Stefan Keller, appointed earlier this month to review criminal complaints against the two men and others involved, had found indications of criminal conduct related to the meetings.

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