Portugal donates half of the Euro 2020 qualifying prize money to support amateur football
European champions Portugal will donate half of his prize money to qualify for the now postponed Euro 2020 championships to support fans football in the middle of coronavirus outbreak, the team said Monday.
The virus has closed many countries and has wreaked havoc on the sports calendar around the world.
"In this spirit of camaraderie between professional and non-professional football , we have decided, as a team, to give up part of our Euro 2020 qualification prize money," the national team said in a statement.
We have also decided, because we have not forgotten our own paths and all those who have generously helped us advance our careers, that these amounts will be added to the support fund already created by the FPF (Portuguese federation) intended mainly for club players from non-professional competition.
The team did not provide financial details of its cash prize. The support fund is expected to share a total of 4.7 million euros ($ 5.13 million) between regional associations and fan clubs.
Most of the European leagues have been closed for more than a month and the clubs are facing serious financial problems due to the income drought.
The league in Portugal has been suspended indefinitely since March 12.
On Sunday, Sporting became the first of the country's three major football clubs to announce a 40 percent salary cut amid coronavirus losses.