FIFA Foundation to host charity match in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic
FIFA Foundation plans to organise a charity match to raise funds for the COVID-19 Tools (ACT), which is a global collaboration to accelerate the development, production and equitable global access to new coronavirus essential health technologies, including diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines.
Gianni Infantino, president de la FIFA considers “it is our responsibility to demonstrate solidarity and continue to do everything we can to participate and support the efforts in the combat against the pandemic”.
The FIFA Foundation intends to use the opportunity to organise the match to extend the reach of football beyond the traditional sports network and into society at large to help support efforts to combat the coronavirus.
“We have been active in raising awareness via several other campaigns, and FIFA has also contributed financially to this cause, but now we commit ourselves to organise this global fundraising event when the health situation permits, even if this is only in some months’ time”, said Infantino.
Furthermore, FIFA Foundation Executive Chairman Mauricio Macri said that this Foundation “will engage not only with the worldwide football community, but also other stakeholders from non-governmental organisations to other foundations, and from the private sector to governments, in order to ensure this initiative is a significant help to those who are at the forefront of research in combating COVID-19”.
At the moment it is not decided when and where the match will be played. "Various scenarios and projects are being studied," added Youri Djorkaeff, FIFA Foundation CEO and world champion with France in 1998. “Further details of this unique event, including the location, date, participants and format will be announced by the FIFA Foundation in due course” he explained.