Dutch football association “charged charity €100 per shirt”

Signed shirts, ready for auction. Photo: Patrick Post via ANP

None of the €380,000 raised by the auction of football shirts signed by the Dutch World Cup team last year has yet reached its target – migrant workers who built the stadiums, RTL Nieuws reported this week.

But of the total, €150,000 has been written off as costs, including €17,900 to the Dutch football association KNVB, which charged the organisers €100 per shirt, RTL said.

At the time, Dutch captain Virgil van Dijk said the players “wanted to make a concrete contribution from the dressing room”. The KNVB also praised the amount raised, saying it would go “fully” to improve the situation of migrant labourers in Qatar.

The auction was organised by Amsterdam company MatchWornShirt (MWS) which works for a large number of football clubs, including Paris Saint Germain and Bayern Munchen.

But, RTL reported, MWS only transferred €228,976.67 over to Mondiaal FNV, the union agency charged with finding a project in Qatar to support.

“We are a company and my people need to be made. And we had expenses,” owner Tijmen Zonderwijk told RTL.

Mondiaal FNV said it has now involved international labour organisation BWI in the hunt for a good cause to receive the money and hopes to come up with a project shortly.

KNVB spokesman Jaap Paulsen told Dutch news the football association “did not earn a cent on this, although it took a lot of time”.

“In the end, we were able to give the international labour organisation €230,000  for projects for the migrant workers in Qatar.”

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