FIFA extends salary insurance for WCup players

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ZURICH (AP) - FIFA has agreed to insure players selected in World Cup squads who are injured on national team duty before May 26.

The European Club Association says FIFA “understands the clubs’ concerns and (on Tuesday) announced to extend” the insurance program.

The United States squad, including several players from English and German clubs, is among those in World Cup training camps before the official call-up deadline.

FIFA budgets tens of millions of dollars each year to cover club salaries of players injured while with national teams.

The case of Netherlands winger Arjen Robben, who was sidelined at Bayern Munich for several months by an injury sustained at the 2010 World Cup, was key to launching the program.

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