Part of the Proceeds of the World Cup Friendly Matches Will Go to Haiti
By Dialogo February 19, 2010I think itâ€™s good. Part of the proceeds of the friendly matches for the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa will be dedicated to helping the population of Haiti, a country left devastated in the wake of January’s earthquake, the International Federation of Association Football announced. According to a statement, FIFA will dedicate its 2% share of the proceeds from each friendly match played between 1 March and 11 June to helping the country. “With a greater understanding of the magnitude of the human toll and widespread destruction, it is clear that the relief and recovery effort will require attention for the coming months and years,” Federation president Joseph Blatter affirmed. “To achieve more impact and to act in solidarity, we look forward to having all 32 participating member associations join this effort by making an additional donation of two percent for a total combined donation of four percent from each friendly,” Blatter added in a letter sent to the national soccer federations whose teams will be playing in the World Cup. The money collected by FIFA will go to a special fund financing projects proposed by the Haitian Soccer Association.