April 6 (Reuters) – Most of the fines imposed on Brazilian soccer clubs and players will be paid into funds to help in the fight against the new corona virus, the Brazilian sports court said on Monday.
The court said that with leagues across the country closed, they would give players the opportunity to exchange suspensions for fines.
About 90% of the fines paid by players for violations such as playing violence or fighting will be donated to hospitals or clinics that treat COVID-19 patients.
Each club can choose a local institution to help, or contribute to the suggested list, said a court spokesman.
In addition, 100% of the fines owed by the club due to late kickoff will also go into these funds.
The court has 77 cases pending.
Authorities raised about 2 million reais ($ 380,343) in fines last year, the spokesman said.
Brazil has recorded 11,516 COVID-19 cases, with 506 deaths.
($ 1 = 5.2584 reais)
(Reporting by Andrew Downie in London, edited by Pritha Sarkar)
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