Coronavirus Outbreak: East Bengal FC to donate Rs 30 lakhs to state relief fund for fight against COVID-19

Despite their ongoing financial crunch, East Bengal, who are desperately looking for a new sponsor to play in the Indian Super League, said they are looking to raise about Rs 35 lakh

Press Trust of India March 30, 2020 18:52:03 IST
Coronavirus Outbreak: East Bengal FC to donate Rs 30 lakhs to state relief fund for fight against COVID-19

Kolkata: Kolkata heavyweights East Bengal on Monday promised a donation of Rs 30 lakh to the state relief fund to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Outbreak East Bengal FC to donate Rs 30 lakhs to state relief fund for fight against COVID19

File image of East Bengal FC. Image: Twitter @ILeagueOfficial

Various sports bodies from the state have come together in the fight against the virus with their arch-rivals and I-League champions Mohun Bagan contributing Rs 20 lakh.

Despite their ongoing financial crunch, East Bengal, who are desperately looking for a new sponsor to play in the Indian Super League, said they are looking to raise about Rs 35 lakh.

"We have already confirmed a donation of Rs 30 lakh and we are looking to add some more and hand it over to the chief minister (Mamata Banerjee) in a couple of days," East Bengal top official Nitu Sarkar told PTI.

He further said they have arranged food at their club tent for ground staff, mostly migrants, in the Maidan area.

"As the clubs have shut their doors due to the ongoing pandemic, their livelihoods have come under risk and we have made available food for them," Sarkar added.

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