Soccer has ever been one of the most lucrative games for all its percipients including players, officials, and associations who are entrusted by the governing body to encourage and prepare a team of quality players into their regions. Hence, it is also believed that FIFA, being the global mentor of game, would take care of its member associations by various monetary prizes including – of course – bonus. The hard spoken FIFA president Sepp Blatter during the end of his current spell recently announced a bonus of $250,000 per member association in tune with 2015 Financial Assistance Programme (FAP). Governing body has informed all the eligible associations to submit the prescribed forms in due course by the deadline day. They as well issued a circular stating that all the forms would be made available to them by December 19 and then FIFA can know the exact money requirement for distributing announced bonus. Moreover, above mentioned amount is just the basic figure each and every association is eligible to receive, as far supplementary contribution is concerned, FIFA has also announced an addition in last June for development of football at national level.
The circular provided by the governing body stated, “For reasons of ease of administration and consistency. the form to apply for the FAP in 2015 – $250,000 per member association – will be adjusted and take into account the additional bonus granted to all FIFA member associations in connection with the final financial results of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil…
“The amount of this additional bonus will be decided on 19 December 2014 by the FIFA Executive Committee. The necessary documents and instructions on how to apply for FAP payments in 2015 and for the additional bonus will be sent to you immediately following this decision.”
While everyone is praising Blatter commendable job, there are many others who are accusing him to offer indirect bribe to favor a support in upcoming presidential elections where he has announced to be contestant. Looking at Blatter relations with UEFA president Platini, whole governing seems to be has been divided into two parts: one side supports Swiss administrator to serve his fifth term on top post, there is a good number of executive members who favor a change at the top hence want European president to join them at the top. The fate of current bonus announcement would be cleared by upcoming May when next FIFA president would be elected.