Indian Football

Unpaid Indian players receive compensation courtesy of the FIFA Fund for Football Players scheme

Arjun Singh Devgan
Nirmal Chettri was one of the players to benefit from FIFA fund scheme
Nirmal Chettri was one of the players to benefit from FIFA fund scheme / SAJJAD HUSSAIN/GettyImages

Football's world governing body, FIFA has come to the aid of Indian footballers who had not been paid by their parent clubs, under the FIFA Fund for Football Players scheme in association with the International Association of Football Players (FIFPro).

FIFA had started the fund in June 2020, with the aim of paying footballers who “have not been paid and have no chance of duly receiving their outstanding wages due to the disappearance of their respective clubs.”

Subrata Pal, Nirmal Chettri and Sanju Pradhan were among the sixteen players from India who have benefitted from the fund, which has set aside 16 million dollars allocated in four periods from July 1, 2015 to December 31, 2022.

Subrata, Gouramangi Singh, Pradhan, Chettri, Sumeet Passi, Rakshit Dagar, Milan Singh, Seityasen Singh, Soram Poirei and Halicharan Narzary were the players who were yet to be paid fDSK Shivajians, an Indian club that shut its operations in 2017.

The above Indian players received the funds in 2021, during the second wave of COVID-19 thanks to the FIFA Fund for Football Players scheme.

"Around 60 lakhs was the money awarded as compensation to the players. Two players from Mumbai FC and 10 from DSK Shivajians had dues pending with the clubs unable to pay them. Laxmikant Kattimani and Pratesh Shirodkar were the players from Mumbai," Siddharth Bhattacharya, a board member of FIFPro and senior manager at Football Players Association of India (FPAI), said as quoted by Sportstar.

The FIFA Fund has already allocated over a million dollars for countries under the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) with $6,75,000 in Phase I and $3,32,000 in Phase II.