BERN (Reuters) - The global players’ union FIFPRO published a report on Thursday highlighting some of the contributions made by professional footballers into fighting the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here are some of the initiatives mentioned in the report:
-AS Monaco player Keita Baldé arranged accommodation for 200 workers from Senegal based in Spain after they lost their jobs in hotels and restaurants.
He paid for 80 of them to sleep in two hotels in Lleida and he helped arrange for 120 more to spend the night in a municipal pavilion.
“I don’t cry very often in my life but this time I shed some tears,” said the 25-year-old who was born in Spain and plays for Senegal. “It was then I decided to take action personally, to help them and solve the problem.”
-Bayern Munich pair Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich have raised around 5 million euros ($5.71 million) with their #wekickcorona campaign in Germany to support charitable associations and social institutions.
-Five football players with two second-division clubs in Japan have donated medical supplies to regional health authorities.
Kentaro Oi and Hiroki Yamada, who play for Jubilo Iwata, gave 1,000 litres of antiseptic solution to Fujieda prefecture
Takanori Maeno, Daiki Nishioka and Kentaro Moriya, who are with Ehime FC, donated face masks to their local prefecture.
-Moroccan player Abderrazak Hamdallah is supporting 1,000 families affected by the pandemic in his home country.
-Esteban Granero, a player for Spanish third tier club Marbella, uses his Artificial Intelligence company to help fight the coronavirus.
The former Real Madrid player provided the resources and technology to develop epidemiological models to predict the future evolution of the pandemic at a national level and in each autonomous community in Spain.
-Some of the biggest names in women’s football, from Sweden to Brazil, teamed up with the One Goal charity by donating signed jerseys which they had worn during matches.
-Marcus Rashford successfully led a campaign which persuaded the British government to extend a free school meals scheme, benefiting 1.3 million children whose families are struggling with low incomes during the pandemic.
-The Common Goal social impact movement is encouraging professional football players, managers, officials and clubs to donate a minimum of 1% of their salary to football-based initiatives.
Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Toby Davis
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