UEFA makes humanitarian donation and offers support in aftermath of Turkey-Syria earthquakes


Following this week’s earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, UEFA has pledged support with a donation to humanitarian causes.

UEFA has confirmed a donation of €200,000 to humanitarian causes in the wake of earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

In addition, the governing body will observe a moment of silence before all their club competition matches next week.

Both countries were hit by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake on February 6, with numerous aftershocks that killed more than 22,000 people.

In a statement, UEFA confirmed a donation of €150,000 to the Turkish Football Federation and a further €50,000 to the Bonyan and Tiafi organizations, both of which are helping with disaster relief.

“UEFA is making this first donation to help the immediate humanitarian response to this terrible tragedy,” federation president Aleksander Čeferin said on Friday.

“I also want to thank our member associations for their quick and compassionate response and support offered to those affected by this terrible event.”

The Champions League final will be held in Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium in June and UEFA will explore other fundraising activities around the event.

The Premier League has also confirmed an offer to help humanitarian organizations following the disaster.

“We are devastated by the tragic impact of the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria,” the statement said.

“We support the Turkey-Syria Disaster Emergency Committee’s appeal to provide aid directly to those in need. Black armbands will be worn this weekend.”

Christian Atsu, who played in the Premier League for Newcastle United, is missing after concussion.

Hatayspor, Atsu’s club, have been told the winger has been rescued and is in hospital, but officials have been unable to locate the player as concerns remain.

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