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Coronavirus: FIFPRO welcomes football stakeholder unity

17 March 2020
We fully support the decisions by UEFA and CONMEBOL to postpone respectively Euro 2020 and the Copa America in order to protect public health and free up time to finish the national football leagues which are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Furthermore, we welcome the leadership role by FIFA to call for a sense of unity and shared responsibility across the football industry, and its initiative to set up a global assistance fund to help members of the football community affected by this coronavirus.

For all workers in our industry, including the tens of thousands of professional footballers represented by our affiliated player unions, it’s important that they and their families have stability during this uncertain period.

This is particularly relevant outside the game’s elite, where the industry has fragile finances.

Lastly, we are encouraged by UEFA’s plan to set up a working group to look at measures to handle the socio-economic impact of the pandemic’s disruption on football. We look forward to contributing in this area on behalf of players with UEFA and other regional confederations.