Pep Guardiola €1m donation to fight Covid-19 in Spain & why Atalanta vs Valencia was a ‘biological bomb’

Pep Guardiola’s €1m donation to fight Covid-19 in Spain

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has joined the battle to fight Covid-19 in Spain.

Guardiola has donated one million euros (approximately 920,000 pounds) to El Colegio de Médicos de Barcelona, a public health body in Catalonia.

The public body have released the following statement:

Pep Guardiola has made a donation of one million euros to the Fundacio Angel Soler Daniel for the acquisition and supply of health equipment to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.

The fundraising campaign led by the the Official College of Doctors of Barcelona and managed through the Foundation, is aimed at obtaining cash donations from doctors who are members of the college and the general population to buy health equipment which is currently lacking in hospitals in Catalonia.

It will also help to finance the alternative 3D production of respirator masks and other protective items for health workers.

Why Atalanta vs Valencia was a ‘biological bomb’

The recent Champions League tie between Atalanta and Valencia has been labelled a “biological bomb” by immunologist Francesco Le Foche, as the coronavirus continues to spread in both Italy and Spain.

Atalanta beat Valencia 4-1 in Italy on February 19th, before the Italians won 4-3 at the Mestalla on March 10th.

In an interview with Italian daily Corriere dello Sport (and translated by, Francesco Le Foche made the following observations:

A month has passed since that match, so the timing is pertinent. The aggregation of thousands of people, centimetres from each other, engaging in manifestations of euphoria like hugging, shouting, all of that could’ve favoured viral reciprocation.

I have to imagine many didn’t want to miss that game if they had tickets, even if they felt a slight fever.

With hindsight, it was madness to play with a crowd present, but at the time things weren’t clear enough. It’d be unthinkable now.


Also see: Best Netflix, Amazon & YouTube football documentaries & movies to watch during coronavirus isolation.

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