As reported by AS, the Spanish FA (RFEF) will pay €7.5m to Barcelona for the injury sustained by Gavi in Spain’s European Championship qualifier against Georgia in Valladolid on Sunday, in which he ruptured his ACL.
FIFA will cover the cost through the ‘Club Protection Programme’, an insurance policy that covers the risk of injury to players during matches with national teams for an amount of €20,548 per day for a maximum of 365 days.
The exact duration of Gavi’s absence will be known on November 28, when his surgeon, Doctor Joan Carles Monllau, will assess the recovery time the player will need once the open surgery he will undergo at the Hospital de Barcelona has been completed.
The ‘Club Protection Scheme’ states that “clubs will be compensated, to a certain extent, if their professional footballers are injured as a result of an accident while playing with their senior national teams in matches played on the dates listed in the international match calendar”, and goes on to add that “The affected club will only be compensated from the 28th day of injury and will receive a maximum of €20,548 for each day that the medical leave of their player is prolonged with a maximum of 365 days”.
This FIFA insurance, which only covers “bodily injury caused by an accident during a match”, does not permanent disability or death, and has a total budget of €80m. Barcelona will begin to be compensated for Gavi’s injury from December 16, the 28th day after the player’s injury.
Kieran Quaile | GSFN