April 09, 2020 11:18
Some W350 million has been collected to help amateur footballers and other officials experiencing financial difficulties due to the coronavirus epidemic, the Korea Football Association said on Wednesday.
The money will be given to about 5,000 coaches and referees who belong to school teams nationwide.
KFA executives including former football star Hong Myung-bo voluntarily accepted a 20-percent cut in their salary, and coaches and other officials 10 percent. KFA president Chung Mong-gyu said, "The KFA is in a dire situation as well, but we want to overcome this difficult time by coming together."
National football team head coach Paulo Bento, who is currently in his home country of Portugal, said, "The national team can only exist when the entire football community survives, from youth footballers to referees."
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