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Barcelona tops World Cup compensation list

07/01/2011 03:59:55 AM Comments (0)

Barcelona have topped a list of clubs to receive compensation from FIFA for letting their players go to the 2010 World Cup.

Barcelona received $US866,000 from a FIFA pool of $US40 million spread among 400 clubs in 55 countries, according to FIFA figures released on Thursday.

Bayern Munich got $US778,000 and Chelsea was third with $US762,000.

"We are pleased that we can share the success of the 2010 FIFA World Cup with the clubs by providing them a share of the benefits of our flagship event," FIFA President Sepp Blatter said in a statement.

FIFA earned broadcasting and commercial revenues of around $US3.4 billion in its four-year financial cycle leading up to the tournament in South Africa.

The governing body's profits are scheduled to be announced in March when its annual financial report is published.

English clubs were best rewarded in the scheme, sharing a combined $US5.95 million. German clubs were next receiving $US4.74 million.

World Cup winner Spain was fourth on the list as its clubs shared $US3.7 million.

The payments were based on a rate of $1,600 (1,220) per player per day, starting two weeks before games began in South Africa.

The meter stopped running the day after each player's last match.

Money earned from each player's participation was divided among clubs he represented from 2008-10.

Compensation was agreed in a 2008 peace deal between FIFA, UEFA and European clubs which saw them drop lawsuits for players being injured on international duty.

Barcelona topped the table after sending 13 players to the World Cup, including seven with champion Spain.

FIFA said it has allocated $US70 million compensation for clubs whose players go to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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