Man United’s David de Gea donates €300,000 to help tackle coronavirus

COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc

COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus, has taken up the headlines for the last few months.

The virus has reportedly infected over 500,000 people now, causing, at the time of writing, just over 26,000 deaths.

As the world looks to combat the virus, the majority of football has been suspended, with both the Euros and Copa America pushed back until 2021.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 23: A general view of the Nike Merlin matchball during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Watford FC at Old Trafford on February 23, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

De Gea & Crystal Palace stepping up

But in what is a rather dark time, there have been a lot of positive stories coming from the footballing world of late.

Cristiano Ronaldo and his agent are financing three intensive care wings containing coronavirus patients in Portugal.

Chelsea have made the Millennium Hotel at Stamford Bridge available to NHS staff, whilst Sadio Mane has donated £41,000 to help combat the virus in his home country of Senegal.

And now, both Crystal Palace FC and Manchester United’s David de Gea have been doing their part in the fight against COVID-19.

De Gea is said to have donated €300,000 to the Spanish capital, Madrid, with the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, thanking the shot-stopper on Twitter:

As for Crystal Palace, the Evening Standard report that the Eagles have called more than 1,000 elderly supporters during the coronavirus pandemic, offering comfort, support and help with shopping.

One 74-year-old season ticket holder, who has been going to Selhurst Park since 1952, stated that he was ‘bowled over’ by the gesture:

“I was just bowled over when I got this message from this lad who said he was ringing me from the marketing department, asking me if I needed any shopping doing as he was calling because he lives up the road in Putney.

“He left me his number as I missed the call and he rang me again! I think given that a lot of bad publicity accrues to football, I think it is really nice.” As quoted by the Evening Standard.

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