These days when a player comes home from international duty injured, their parent clubs seem a step away from calling the national accident helpline, after all where there is blame you have a claim, and if a woman can get a huge pay out for her coffee being too hot, it certainly seems fair for a club to be entitled to some compensation should one of their star players be crocked for months.
The latest potential claim comes from North London club Spurs, who are asking for at least £500,000 to cover the absence of Scott Parker, and this will likely be split between the FA and FIFA.
To any normal person, providing a club with some form of compensation whilst their player recuperates after getting injured when on international duty, especially should it be a trivial friendly, of course positioned in the most inconvenient place on the fixture calendar humanly possible seems only too reasonable. Yet quite frankly in some cases not enough – when Bayern Munich lost key winger Arjen Robben for months upon end, no amount of money could make up for this.
Of course the governing bodies in football strive to make everything as difficult as possible, and have probably tried to offer AVB a handshake to compensate for the loss of Parker, yet after years of claims and legal wrangling, including a hefty claim for Michael Owen, come September, there will now be a Club Protection Programme in place, which will cost FIFA around $75 million, yet for clubs will be worth every penny.
The programme is set to run up until 2014, and the idea is simple – in case you have the IQ of Wayne Rooney, here it is spelled out for you – clubs and players will receive protection against injury when playing for their country, with the wages for the time a player is out picked up by the CPP (bet they wished they had a salary cap now) with $27,000 being the most the club is entitled to for a single player per day during the period he is out meaning should the player be out for the maximum period for compensation of 365 days, the club could gain up to $9.7 million per player.
Of course, many will argue that money is simply not enough, and should a player suffer a career ending injury, a whole new storm would be likely to erupt, yet this at least is a start, and will be a welcome relief to clubs who can now see some of the financial burden alleviated when a player is injured. Replacing them on the field however is an all-together different kettle of fish – as AVB and his squad are set to find out.