Premier League: Manchester City to sport special jerseys against Arsenal to promote COVID-19 relief fund
Manchester City’s shirt will have a ‘Cityzens Giving for Recovery’ campaign logo instead of their usual partners Etihad Airways, who have donated the branding space to kickstart the initiative set up to help communities get back on their feet.
Manchester City will wear special shirts to promote the launch of a COVID-19 relief fund set up by parent company City Football Group (CFG) when they resume their Premier League season against Arsenal on Wednesday.
City’s shirt will have a ‘Cityzens Giving for Recovery’ campaign logo instead of their usual partners Etihad Airways, who have donated the branding space to kickstart the initiative set up to help communities get back on their feet.
CFG, which also owns eight other football clubs around the world, has donated almost £ 1 million ($1.3 million) to the global COVID-19 emergency response.
The group hopes to match that figure through its new initiative, in which it will raise funds through its clubs, staff, players, coaches and fans along with its commercial partners, and then match those contributions pound for pound, it said.
The campaign will focus on providing support to nine recovery-linked projects near to each of its clubs.
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The focus will fall on United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after his side failed to win for the third consecutive Premier League game.
Coronavirus restrictions led to Japan withdrawing from staging the tournament this December, and South Africa then abandoned a bid due to the need to get more of the country vaccinated. FIFA is now exploring staging the event in January or February.
The email expressed the government’s position that “the improvement of competitions is possible through dialogue and always through the structures that already exist", said sources from the CSD.