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Fifa to pay Seamus Coleman's salary during rehab

The Everton and Ireland defender is set for a long spell on the sidelines after breaking his leg against Wales.

Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman is stretchered off the pitch.
Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman is stretchered off the pitch.

FIFA WILL PAY Seamus Coleman’s basic salary while he recovers from a broken leg suffered during Friday’s World Cup qualifier between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium.

The organisation’s club protection programme, which has been in force since June 2012, covers all players who seriously injure themselves while on international duty.

The association notes: “If a player is injured due to an accident while on duty with his representative ”A” team, the player’s club will be compensated for having to continue to pay the player’s fixed salary although the player is temporarily disabled and unable to perform footballing activities for his club.”

Fifa’s guidelines add: “The programme compensates football clubs for up to a maximum of EUR 7,500,000 per football player per accident.

The maximum of EUR 7,500,000 is calculated at a daily “pro rata” compensation of up to EUR 20,548 (1/365), which is payable for a maximum of 365 days. The maximum daily compensation is limited to EUR 20,548 per accident.

“The maximum capacity (“aggregate limit”) of the FIFA Club Protection Programme is EUR 60,000,000 for the period between 15 May 2012 and 31 August 2012, EUR 60,000,000 for the period between 1 September 2012 and 31 December 2012, and thereafter EUR 70,000,000 per annum.

Compensation will not include variable amounts, one-off payments, payments not made on a regular basis or any bonuses, including but not limited to performance or signing-on bonuses, appearance fees and/or expenses. Any amounts due on the basis of the provision of services of a different kind, irrespective of whatever nature and whether agreed under a separate contract or not, are also not covered.”

Coleman, who is believed to earn around £50,000-a-week at Everton, is unlikely to return to action until 2018 after undergoing successful surgery yesterday.

Meanwhile, Martin O’Neill gave an update on the Toffees full-back at his press conference earlier today.

“I think he’s just beginning to come to terms with it,” the Ireland boss said. “I saw him yesterday and he’s still pretty down about it. He’s not in as much pain, the operation went very well and it’s just a matter of coming to terms with it.”

h/t RTÉ

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