Premier League footballers should be doing more to help out those in need amid the coronavirus outbreak.
That is the view of former Manchester United and Celtic star Lou Macari, who reckons multi-millionaire players should be making more donations.
Macari, 70, has put himself on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19 in running the Lou Macari Centre for the homeless in Stoke.
But they are in desperate need of support with all 51 places currently being taken up at the centre.
Local firms have been offering what they can in recent days with the likes of Starbucks, Costa Coffee and Nando’s sending food.
And Macari thinks football’s rich and famous should be taking a leaf out of their book.
“Once more we are seeing typical thought and generosity from people who have always tried to help us here,” he told The Sun.
“We often get donations, like we did this week from the local Starbucks, Costa Coffee and Nando’s.
“But what I’m not seeing is Premier League footballers doing much of anything to help the coronavirus cause. I noticed the other day one player had donated something like £40,000 and that was a nice gesture.
“But they should all be doing it. A figure of £40,000 or £50,000 would be nothing to players earning vast sums of money. Nothing. They wouldn’t even feel it.”
Coronavirus is in danger of killing thousands in the UK if the lockdown does not prove to be a success.
And Macari has called for the whole country, not just footballer stars, the help out while they can.
“I’m not talking about them giving money to my place — not that it wouldn’t help,” he added.
“I’m talking about donating for the greater good of society, down the line, to help people who will suffer long after the coronavirus is either contained or goes away.
“Somehow we will get through this here although things are going to get tougher the longer the lockdown continues because the food donations are bound to dwindle.
“But the country as a whole needs all the help it can get.
“Premier League footballers are rich beyond most people’s wildest dreams and it would be so easy for them to put their hands in their pockets to help their communities.”
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