At a meeting chaired by FIFA President Gianni Infantino to discuss a number of matters relating to the impact of coronavirus, world football’s governing body confirmed they would be releasing $10m (£8.5m) to the World Health Organisation COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
In a separate initiative, Germany’s footballers announced they have also decided to contribute €2.5m (£2.3m) after being inspired by the acts of kindness shown to one and other by the German people.
“The world of football has come to a stop – people’s health and tackling this virus is without question the number one priority right now,” read a statement.
“We realise that for so many of you, things have not come to a stop and must keep going.
“We have all seen the effort and the commitment that you have shown, how you have supported and helped one another – in hospitals, in nursing homes, in supermarkets and in your community, from one neighbour to another. It is inspiring!
“This showing of solidarity has never been more important and we as a team want to do our bit to help.
“That is why we have decided to donate €2.5m (£2.3m) to the cause to help out immediately.
“Every kind act and offer of help counts. It’s up to all of us to make a difference. Stay healthy and look after each other and yourselves.”