Europe's top football clubs can now get 'comprehensive financial protection' if their players suffer illness or injuries through a new product created by Avoca Elite Sports (AES) and insurer Hiscox.
The product, called MAXI, covers teams against a fall in a player's agreed transfer value resulting from serious injury or illness, and compensates for their potential lost revenues caused by that player's prolonged absence.
Hiscox leads the risk protection provided by MAXI, with additional backing from several of the world's biggest insurers, including AXA, Munich Re and Swiss Re.
Premier League clubs spent a record £630 million in this year's summer transfer window, according to Deloitte.
However clubs have little financial protection if something goes wrong. The combined value of the squads of the top 20 European football clubs is estimated to be over £5 billion, but, analysis by AES and Hiscox revealed little of this amount is protected.
Existing insurance protection compensates clubs only for the wage costs of a long-term injured player or for an insured value if a player is forced to retire through injury - a rare occurrence at the top level.
Guillaume Bonnissent, head of the alternative distribution division at Hiscox said: "Football clubs are among the very few businesses whose key assets, on which they rely for their success, are exposed to harm on a weekly basis.
"Each Saturday, they send teams onto the pitch that are worth tens, if not hundreds, of millions of pounds, without knowing whether they will return in one piece. Until now clubs haven't had the ability to comprehensively protect these expensive assets in the same way that other businesses can protect their balance sheets."
David Lampitt, former head of financial regulation at the Football Association and former chief executive of Portsmouth FC, a consultant to AES said: "With the advent of Financial Fair Play, clubs are going to be far more restricted in their ability to inject cash into their squads to mitigate the loss of key players.
"Dealing with those changing circumstances is a must for all clubs. What's good about this product is that it provides a new way of protecting clubs from potentially significant financial shocks. It also reflects an increasingly professional approach to financial risk management being taken in football."
Alongside home and travel cover
Streamlined trust process
Includes remote GPs
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