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Friday, September 14, 2012
With nine senior players on international duty during the Premier League break, City boss Chris Hughton will have had more reason to keep his fingers crossed than any of his recent predecessors at Carrow Road.
But it’s not all bad news when your star men are whisked away to represent their countries.
Figures revealed this week show that the Canaries received 57,652 euros – about £46,000 at current rates – as part of UEFA’s €100 million fund to compensate clubs for releasing players for the 2012 European Championship qualifiers and finals.
UEFA almost doubled their previously agreed cut of Euro 2012 income, with 575 teams receiving payments for sending players to the tournament in Poland and Ukraine or releasing them for qualifying matches for the tournament.
The compensation deal was originally per player-per day for the finals, but was then widened in March to include qualifiers.
Bayern Munich collected the biggest single share of €3.1m, but the Premier League big guns did very nicely out of the arrangement, too, with Manchester City banking €2.07m, Liverpool €1.97m, Chelsea €1.91m, Arsenal €1.69m and Manchester United €1.67m. Manchester City’s handout was bettered only by Bayern, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Money goes to money, as they say, in this case euros for the Euros.
Barnsley had the smallest payout of the 53 English clubs able to claim, collecting just €3,494 – but enough, perhaps, to put a roof on that outside loo at the back of their West Stand.