FIFA has announced that around £30m (39.3m Euros) was paid out to clubs who had players hurt whilst on international duty, between September 1st 2012 and December 31st 2014.
Major disputes in the past such as Newcastle demanding compensation for Michael Owen when injured at the 2006 World Cup, led to a more formal arrangement when it comes to how clubs should be compensated.
FIFA launched the CPP (Club Protection Programme) to formalise the compensation that was due to a club, for any player injured on international duty who was then prevented from playing for their club for more than 28 days.
In this time period (1 Sept 2012 to 31 Dec 2014), FIFA gave settled 126 cases. There is a maximum payout of €7.5m (close to £6m) per claim, with payouts based on each player’s salary – a maximum daily payout of €20,548 (around £15,000).
There is no listing of which clubs have received payouts but it would take a brave man to bet against Mike Ashley not having made sure of ‘where there’s blame, there’s a claim’.
Tim Krul is one example of being out thanks to international duty, while Mehdi Abeid could be another claim in the next FIFA period of CPP which has just been finalised by the governing body.
The new CPP arrangements run up to 2018 and will also include the 2015 Women’s World Cup, the 2016 Olympic football tournaments, right up to the 2018 men’s World Cup.
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