The Football Association puts our clubs first

Nida al-Watan, Lebanon, October 26

The Executive Committee of the Lebanese Football Association recently announced the distribution of a new financial aid package to its clubs operating at different levels for the second consecutive year. It was truly remarkable to discover that the value of the aid distributed was some $800,000, which is a considerable sum. Undoubtedly, this money is spent in the midst of a financial and economic crisis in Lebanon, which has been going on for almost two years. He will certainly provide much-needed support to football clubs across the country, which have enabled people across the country to maintain a degree of normalcy in their lives. Perhaps the most important thing to note is that the aid approved for the current season comes entirely from the Lebanese Football Association. While funding for last year’s aid package came from a $1 million grant to the association from FIFA, funding for this year’s program came from internal funds. This is a great achievement considering that the association’s biggest source of income – ticket sales – has all but stopped. Nevertheless, the association is keen to ensure that football activity in Lebanon continues to take place, despite the difficult financial, political and public health circumstances in which we find ourselves today. – George Al-Hani (translated by Asaf Zilberfarb)

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