Football stars put to shame by fans in charity fundraiser

Premiership football players have once again found themselves in the firing line for failing to give back to the community after only 12 per cent backed a campaign for struggling nurses launched by West Ham skipper Nigel Reo-Coker.

Just 71 out of 556 of the wealthy stars have agreed to donate a day's pay towards MayDay for Nurses. In contrast, 17,000 football fans have already agreed to support the campaign.

On 13, May, those who have signed up will give whatever they earn in a day to the appeal. But so far the only clubs whose entire teams have agreed to part with their cash are Reading, who are relative newcomers to the Premiership, and Fulham.

Not a single player from Liverpool or Chelsea, where players can earn in the region of £100,000 a week, have signed up. Thierry Henry is the only member of Arsenal to sign up and Manchester United have just two on the list – Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville.

Reo Coker said: “My mum was a nurse and I know how hard she had to work. For me, nurses are the real heroes in society and this is a chance for us to make a difference.”

The revelations follow a report by the donor information website, Intelligent Giving, last month which showed that the top 20 Premiership clubs gave just £400,000 to charity, despite having a combined turnover of £1bn.


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