Coronavirus Outbreak: Switzerland national football team members decline payments to tune of $1.03 million

The Associated Press

Zurich: The players and coach on Switzerland's national football team have declined to take more than 1 million Swiss francs ($1.03 million) of payments that were due from their federation in 2020.

The team was scheduled to play in the now-postponed European Championship in June and had two games in Qatar canceled last month because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The shutdown of games has cost the Swiss football body millions of dollars.

Federation chairman Dominique Blanc says it's a magnificent gesture from the players. Blanc tested positive for the virus three weeks ago.

Team captain Stephan Lichtsteiner says we wanted to set an example and show solidarity.

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