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Pep Guardiola donates a million euros to aid the battle against coronavirus in Spain

Pep Guardiola Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/PA Images

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has donated one million euros (£918,000) to aid the battle against coronavirus in Spain.

The former Barcelona player and manager has contributed to a campaign by Barcelona Medical College for medical supplies.

Spain is among the worst affected countries in the world.

Everton captain Seamus Coleman and manager Carlo Ancelotti have also been doing their bit to raise funds and boost spirits during the coronavirus crisis.

Coleman sent a video message to the people of Ireland after donating 20,000 euros to the Feed The Heroes campaign for health workers in his home country.

In the video on Everton's Twitter page, the defender said: "It is a tough time for all of us at the moment, for all Irish people, for all people around the world, but speaking for Irish people I know we are a very proud nation.

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Meanwhile Ancelotti made a surprise phone call to Everton fan Mark Cruise, a 52-year-old retired police officer who suffers from motor neurone disease.

During the call Ancelotti admitted his fears for his family and friends back home in Italy, which has been badly affected by the pandemic.

Carlo Ancelotti Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images

"I have friends in Italy, my sister is in Italy, and the situation is worse. It's terrible.

"Here in England we have to take care and to avoid the expansion of the virus."

– Carlo Ancelotti

The red half of Merseyside is also helping out, supporting the local community with the launch of the 'LFC Connect' initiative to help people stay connected.

In a bid to reduce social isolation among the elderly and vulnerable, members of Liverpool's Red Neighbours programme, the LFC Foundation and their Fan Experience teams have been contacting people to talk on the phone and enjoy a virtual cup of tea with them.

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