Daily US Times, Milan: Italy’s football club Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri and the club’s first-team squad have agreed to give up four months’ wages to help the club manage the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
As the coronavirus pandemic surges across the globe, football of all sorts is currently on hold.
Football club Juventus says the agreement — equal to the monthly payments for March, April, May, and June — will save the club a total of €90 million ($100.5 million).
All sports in Italy have been canceled until April 3, but the club said it will renegotiate with players “in good faith” should the current season be rescheduled and resumed.
Juventus is one of the biggest clubs in the world and the most successful club domestically.
The club said in a statement: “Juventus would like to thank the players and the coach for their commitment at a difficult time for everyone.”
Cristiano Ronaldo, the biggest star in the club and arguably one of the best in the history of football, has already donated $1.1 million to help fight coronavirus in his native Portugal.
The money will fund will equip one ward in Porto’s Santo Antonio hospital with 15 intensive care beds and two intensive care units for Lisbon’s Hospital de Santa Maria.
Italy is the most affected country in the world right now with more than 10,000 fatalities.
The country has reported nearly 100,000 confirmed cases and appears to have the highest death rate on the planet.
At a time when the country is reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, some stories of kindness have been providing some much-needed light relief.
Juventus’ fellow Serie A club AS Roma has been delivering emergency care packages to its most vulnerable supporters.
The entire country has been in severe lockdown.
To combat this, Roma has started delivering its “Roma Cares” packages to every season ticket holder over the age of 75.
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