Sepp Blatter Hands FA $500,000 Check For St. George's Park
The relationships between FIFA and the FA has now improved to the extent that football's governing body has awarded £314,000 ($503,373) in Goal project funding to St. George's Park, according to Charles Sale of the London DAILY MAIL. The relationship between the two parties had "reached an all-time low after the 2018 World Cup vote debacle." The money will be spent on "further developing the state-of-the-art sports science and medical facilities at the National Football Centre outside Burton," which FIFA President Sepp Blatter visited. Blatter, who was greeted at the entrance by FA Chair David Bernstein, said, "FIFA is committed to the development of football across the world and the Goal projects are crucial in achieving this mission." The rebuilt partnership between Zurich and Wembley was "further strengthened" through a Memorandum of Understanding signed jointly by Blatter and Bernstein. This will see the FA share its expertise in different football disciplines, "including sports medicine, stadium safety, and women’s football with developing nations" (DAILY MAIL, 11/21).