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Neymar emerges as anonymous donor of £775,000 to the world COVID19 relief fund

The Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil forward made a secret donation of R$5m, around 1,5 M split between humanitarian aid organization UNICEF and a solidarity fund created in his home country to help fight the global pandemic COVID19.

COVID19- Champions League and Europa League postponed indefinitely.
Final showdown for the Champions League, Europa League and Women’s Champions League have been postponed due to the COVID19 crisis. According to UEFA, a working group is already looking at possible dates in the future and will reschedule after analyzing all the options available.

COVID19: Wuhan football team leaving Spain to escape the Coronavirus crisis

Chinese football team, Wuhan Zall got stuck in Spain due to travel restrictions following a planned pre-season training meant to last till mid-February.

With the increasing risks of the coronavirus infection in Spain and Europe, the team is going back home this Saturday.

Norwich City players, manager and owners donate salaries up to £200,000 to the coronavirus relief

Norwich City has donated more than £200,000 towards the fight against the coronavirus from the wages of the club’s top earners.

The premier league club announced that players, manager Daniel Farke and their owners and directors will all donate a percentage of their salaries to support their local community in the fight against the COVID19 pandemic.

Euros and Copa America moved to 2021 due to coronavirus crisis

Euro 2020 and the Copa America have both been moved to the summer of 2021 due to the COVID19 global pandemic. UEFA says it will prioritize the completion of domestic competitions, moving the Euros scheduled for summer this year to the summer of 2021.

Copa America also announced the Americas competition will be moved to the summer of 2021.

Crystal Palace’s foundation supporting south Londoners in the fight against COVID19

According to the club’s chief executive, Mike Summers, a new initiative developed by the foundation is an online gaming program meant to maintain rapport by allowing mentors to play Xbox or PS4 with individuals and giving them advice. Coaches will also work at seven schools in the area where children of key workers engage in socially distanced activities.

There is also a program designed to check on the club’s older supporters, 70 and above through routine phone calls, assisting them with deliveries of food and medical supplies.

Borussia Dortmund is using part of stadium for coronavirus treatment center
The German Bundesliga side has made renovations to the stadium making it a treatment center where patients will be receiving medical care and support.

According to the chief executives, Hans-Joachim Watzke and Carsten Cramer. The stadium which is the figurehead of the city is the ideal place to actively help people who are potentially infected by the coronavirus.

The club’s players and directors also took a pay cut last week to support the club while three supporters’ groups have organized programs to help the vulnerable in the city.

Kidnapped Enyimba player Dayo Ojo regains freedom

The player was abducted alongside Abia Comets player Benjamin Iluyomade Last Sunday around Ipele Town on the Benin-Akure Expressway while on their way to Akure.

A combined effort by the players’ families ensured their release. It is unknown whether the ransom of 20 million Naira demanded by the kidnappers was paid.

Bayern star Jerome Boateng breaks lockdown rules to visit sick son.

The defender is understood to have left Munich city without the permission of the club to attend to his sick son. Bayern in a statement has confirmed that Boateng has been fined for his behavior.

Proceeds from the fine will be sent to local hospitals to help in the fight against the Coronavirus Ighalo and his Man.

United teammates donate 30% of their salaries to help fight the COVID19 pandemic

Manchester United players have offered to take a one-month pay cut of 30% to help the National Health Service (NHS) in the fight against the global pandemic.

United Captain, Harry Maguire reportedly approached the Chairman, Ed Woodward with the offer. Of all the Premier League clubs, United spends the most in player wages up to £332m.

Mazi Chidubem Ugwu reporting, Obinwannem News

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