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SBD Global/April 9, 2013/International Football

Russian President Vladimir Putin Signs Law Limiting Sick Pay After Zenit Scandal

Russian President Vladimir Putin has "signed into law a measure limiting incapacity benefit" after a scandal in which injured footballers drained half of St. Petersburg’s social insurance budget, according to R-SPORT. The social security system "pays out benefits corresponding to a percentage of a sick worker’s usual salary," and allowed just 12 Zenit St. Petersburg players to claim $5.2M from city coffers in '11. The new rules "aim to stop wealthy sports stars and corporate high-flyers claiming large sums while unfit for work" (R-SPORT, 4/8).
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