World Cup team guaranteed at least nine million dollars

Other News Materials 4 December 2009 02:09 (UTC +04:00)
The 2010 World Cup teams will received at least nine million dollars in prize money.
World Cup team guaranteed at least nine million dollars

The 2010 World Cup teams will received at least nine million dollars in prize money even if they don't make it past the first round, Xinhua reported.

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke announced on Thursday total prize money for next year's tournament had been set at 420 million dollars, which was a 61 percent increase on the 2006 total of 261 million dollars.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Ireland could be in line for " moral compensation", which would not be cash, for its defeat at the hand of French captain Thierry Henry.

FIFA unveiled the prize hike in a media briefing on Robben Island following a meeting of the FIFA executive at the iconic site.

The winners would get 31 million dollars and the runners-up 25 million dollars.

At the bottom of the scale, the lowest 16 teams would get at least another eight million dollars each as every team had already been paid one million, in which Valcke called "a million for the preparations".

Valcke also announced that 40 million dollars had been set aside for clubs whose players would take part in national teams. Part of this amount was to cover the cost of insuring those players.

Blatter, replying to a question on whether he thought the Irish should be compensated for the match that kept them out of the last 32, said if one started to compensate teams that did not qualify, others would also come forward. FIFA had just been notified of a similar handball incident in the match between Ecuador and Uruguay.

He said when there had been foul play "then maybe there will be moral compensation for the Football Association of Ireland.

"Moral compensation can mean anything which comes from a compliment to a special award or to a prize."
 However this would have to be discussed with the Irish.

"Financial compensation is not exactly what is foreseen in such cases."

Valcke announced that FIFA had decided to increase the number of teams participating in the women's World Cup from the current 16 that would  be playing in Germany in 2011, to 24 in 2015.
The executive had also confirmed Iraq's suspension from international soccer because of political interference in the country's football association.

During Thursday's meeting, the FIFA executive was addressed by former island prisoner Tokyo Sexwale, who served as an office bearer of the prisoners' Makana Football Association.
Blatter told journalists it was his third visit to the island.

It was a "great moment" for the executive to have met on the island.
"For me personally it is part of the story of humanity," he said.