Xavi donates €1m to coronavirus fight

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has donated €1 million to a hospital in the city to help its overburdened health care system deal with the coronavirus pandemic. The former Spain international, who is the head coach of Al-Sadd in Qatar, has given the money to Hospital Clinic after the medical centre appealed for more resources to aid its response to the crisis. Xavi, 40, made the donation with his partner, journalist Nuria Cunillera, and said in a social media video that the cash would go towards “purchasing sanitary equipment for professionals and patients.” Lionel Messi has already supported Hospital Clinic’s call for action as part of a €1 million donation spread across Barcelona and his native Argentina last month. The Alcantara brothers, Thiago and Rafinha, have also contributed. Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has also provided support to help Catalonia’s battle against coronavirus. He gave €1 million to the Barcelona Medical College and the Angel Soler Daniel foundation last month. Meanwhile, La Liga’s online music festival raised more than €1 million to be used to buy medical equipment in the country earlier this week. Spain has been hit harder than most by the global coronavirus outbreak. The latest figures on Saturday said that 11,744 people have died from the virus in the country – second only to Italy – and that 124,736 people have tested positive. Barcelona vice president Jordi Cardoner is among those to have tested positive in the past few days. He is self-isolating at home and is not in need of hospital treatment. The financial impacts of the coronavirus have also been felt in Spain, and Barca continue to look at ways to minimise the economic effects of the pandemic. After announcing an agreement for the playing staff to take on a 70 per cent wage cut, the club are now scouring the market for players that are out of contract in the summer due to fears their transfer budget will be slashed.Tags: CoronavirusCOVID-19DonationsSpainXavi Hernandezlast_img read more

Football News Aubameyang steals Arsenal’s comeback to reach Europa League quarter-finals

first_imghighlights New Delhi: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang spearheaded Arsenal’s revival by scoring twice in a 3-0 win over Rennes to reach the Europa League quarter-finals 4-3 on aggregate, as Chelsea and Napoli also booked a last-eight spot on Thursday. The Gunners canceled out their 3-1 deficit from last week’s first leg in France inside 15 minutes as Aubameyang swept home from close range before teeing up Ainsley Maitland-Niles to head home. However, Rennes had cause to complain as Aubameyang should have been flagged offside before the second goal.With VAR not in use for the Europa League unlike the Champions League, there was no recourse for Rennes and the Ligue 1 side will also reflect on missed opportunities after the break as a historic European run for the club came to an end. M’Baye Niang struck the post and Sead Kolasinac’s last-ditch tackle denied Ismaila Sarr before the Bosnian wing-back crossed for Aubameyang to give Arsenal breathing space. Aubameyang spearheaded Arsenal’s revival by scoring twice in a 3-0 win over Rennes.Pierre-Emerick reaches the Europa League quarter-finals 4-3 on aggregate.Winning the Europa League also offers Arsenal and Chelsea the safety net of Champions League qualification. Winning the Europa League also offers Arsenal and Chelsea the safety net of Champions League qualification should they fail to make the top four in the Premier League. But Arsenal boss Unai Emery, who won the Europa League three times as Sevilla coach, also wants the glory of a trophy in his first season in charge.”It is not only the possibility to go to Champions League, but it also is one title and we can feel the possibility to win one title,” said the Spaniard. Chelsea cruised into the last eight with greater ease as six Premier League sides will take their place in Friday’s quarter-finals draws with Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham in the last eight of the Champions League.After a 3-0 victory in last week’s last 16, first leg at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea was even more dominant in Kiev as Olivier Giroud scored his first hat-trick for the club.”We started very well. We wanted to start in this way,” Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri told BT Sport.”We played a wonderful first half and managed the game in the second half.” Giroud, who is yet to start in the Premier League in 2019 after the signing of Gonzalo Higuain, netted a first-half double before Marcos Alonso slid home a third on the stroke of half-time. Frenchman Giroud completed his hat-trick before teenage winger Callum Hudson-Odoi rounded off the scoring. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Panel Discusion ‘Integration of Migrants through Football’ to be held in Bihac

first_imgAs part of the grassroots activities, the Football Federation of  Bosnia and Herzegovina  will organize a round table and panel discussions on the topic “Integration of Migrants Through Football” in Bihać on Friday, 26th June.With this project, the Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina wants to encourage social cohesion, and enable regular sports activities for migrants, with the aim of integration into society.The aim of the round table is to gather in one place relevant people from local government, NGOs, sports community and all others who can contribute to the planning and implementation of the project.The project will discuss the needs of migrants, and in what way and in which centres a football game can be organized, taking into account primarily the safety and health of migrants and the staff who work with them.Lecturers, who have extensive experience in organizing similar projects, will participate in this event live and online.last_img read more