Sadiq Khan urges London’s top-flight clubs to help protect lives

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Dom Le Roy

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has reportedly written to every single Premier League and Championship club in the capital asking for them to provide assistance to the NHS in the fight against coronavirus, according to The Guardian.

Khan asked for help from the football clubs in three key areas – access to medical staff, access to stadium facilities, and accommodation for NHS workers living away from their families as well as for health and care workers who need easy access to field hospitals.

The 49-year-old penned an emotional message as he called for football to unite and help save lives as London and the United Kingdom as a whole tries to deal effectively with the outbreak.

The letter was reportedly sent to Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, West Ham, Fulham, Charlton Athletic, QPR, Brentford and Millwall but not to Tottenham Hotspur, who have reportedly already begun transferring medical staff to work alongside NHS staff.

Premier League clubs often have one doctor per team at their disposal, including junior age groups and it is revealed that Khan asked for the clubs to support the potential retraining of the team doctors to work on the front line.

In the letter, the mayor wrote, “I do not take such requests lightly and I appreciate this is a big ask in what is a challenging and uncertain time for many of London’s football clubs. However, I am clear that we all need to unite and do what we can to support the NHS and protect the lives of Londoners.”

Meanwhile, Spurs already announced on Monday that they have allowed their stadium to be used as a storage base for food to support vulnerable individuals affected by the pandemic.

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Football clubs have always been an important part of the community and so I expect most if not all of the clubs in the capital to step up and aid in the fight against coronavirus. There is no doubt that the top clubs will have significant staff and resources at their disposal which could be put to good use to save lives during this outbreak.

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