Former Celtic boss Lou Macari has a hope that every football player in the English Premier League will donate money in the battle to defeat the current global pandemic, but that seems unlikely to happen.

Macari made the call as he currently spends time running his Lou Macari Centre for the homeless in Stoke.

“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” Macari said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

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“They should all be doing it”

“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” he concluded.

Lou Macari hopes players donate to charity

Lou Macari hopes players donate to charity (Photo by AMA/Corbis via Getty Images)

Macari’s comments are correct. When it comes to players in England, the majority of players in the Premier League could afford to donate cash to help those less fortunate at this time.

However, that just seems unrealistic. Some players probably won’t be interested in donating some of their wages, even though the world is in crisis.



Perhaps the clubs will make charity donations, or individual players or managers, but every single player? No likely.

Chances of donations from Scotland seem remote

The chances of such an idea taking off in Scotland would seem even more remote. In Scotland, players are paid far less than they are in England.

Former Celtic manager Lou Macari

Former Celtic manager Lou Macari (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Therefore, Macari’s hopes will be confined to those players in the English Premier League.

One thing that has to be taken into account as well is that by the time football returns, some clubs, even some big ones, might have asked their players to take wage cuts.

That is another reason why Macari’s goal is unrealistic. Still, hopefully his homeless centre is able to secure the funds it needs to help people in these very trying times.


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