FIFA President Gianni Infantino has urged European football associations to donate the money they received from soccer’s governing body to poorer countries of the world.
Making his first appearance before his loyal European supporters at the UEFA’s annual Congress since being elected FIFA president, Gianni Infantino promised that FIFA will donate $5 million to each of its 209 member associations during every four-year period. FIFA will also donate $40 million to each of the six continental confederations over the same period.
Infantino insinuated that this was a relatively insignificant amount to some European associations, and suggested it could be better employed elsewhere.
Addressing delegates at the congress in Budapest, the FIFA President said;
“I want to make a plea to you, the funds have been increased to this famous $5 million over four years but for you in UEFA this is not a big amount compared to what you generate.”
“If you in Europe don’t need all this money from FIFA, give it to other associations around the world. Invest it in projects around the world.”
“We can do this together and really create a difference for a FIFA of solidarity, of inclusion, and you in Europe can show how we can make a difference in the world.”
The Swiss official, who was elected FIFA leader in place of Sepp Blatter on February 26 to lead the organisation out of the worst crisis in its history, said there has to be “a FIFA of solidarity, a FIFA of inclusiveness, a FIFA of diversity.”
Infantino, who has vowed to give a greater share of FIFA’s earnings to football development around the world, again stressed for the umpteenth time that FIFA was entering a new era which stands for reforms, for good governance, transparency, integrity, honesty and for professionalism.