01 April 2020

Sadiq Khan pleads with London football clubs to support NHS

London's Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has appealed to some of London's top football clubs to help the NHS in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Khan has written to Premier League sides Chelsea, Arsenal, West Ham and Crystal Palace and also QPR, Millwall, Brentford, Charlton and Fulham and asked for the services of their medical teams.

This encompasses the help of physiotherapists, doctors and paramedics but also the use of club facilities.

Khan said: "I’m grateful for the hugely positive response we have received. I have outlined what they can do to help our fantastic NHS.

"As we work together to tackle coronavirus, the community spirit of London’s football clubs has shone through."

Clubs have also been asked to assist with creating accommodation spaces for NHS staff and care workers that are being forced to self-isolate from their families in order to continue their vital roles.

Chelsea FC have already made their Stamford Bridge Hotel available, funded by club owner Roman Abramovich, and Tottenham have offered use of their facilities.

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