FIFA and Uefa should share their fast-growing television revenue with players’ unions to help protect footballers who struggle when clubs fall on hard times, according to FIFPro board member Joaquim Evangelista.
Evangelista, also head of the Portuguese Professional Footballers Association, said he would urge fellow board members at world players’ union FIFPro to support his call for action at the general assembly in the Netherlands this week. “Fifa and Uefa should stop the rhetoric and support players concretely,” he said.
“We deal with the biggest problems in football: human dramas. So those who benefit the most from players (Fifa and Uefa) should also show solidarity A percentage of TV rights revenues should go to help players through the unions.”
The sale of broadcasting rights for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil has generated an estimated $437 million while this year’s Fifa Confederations Cup has beaten television audience records.