COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc
COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus, has taken up the headlines for the last few months.
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.
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.
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:
¡Gracias, @D_DeGea !
La gran ayuda que has aportado a @comunidadmadrid será clave para combatir el COVID-19.
Eternamente agradecidos, orgullosos de ti.
— Isabel Díaz Ayuso (@IdiazAyuso) March 26, 2020
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.