Premier League players join Mata’s charity pledge

first_imgGiorgio Chiellini, Mats Hummels and Serge Gnabry are among those to have so far pledged to Common Goal, with Premier League players Daniels and Mawson now joining them.“I’ve been speaking to several English players who have shown an interest in Common Goal and it’s brilliant that Charlie and Alfie are the first players to make the pledge,” said Mata.“They are both top Premier League players and their commitment is a great step in the evolution of Common Goal.”Daniels has helped Bournemouth rise from League One to the Premier League, while Mawson, 23, represented England at this year’s European Under-21 Championship after a fine first season at Swansea.“I don’t want to cause any fuss or anything, but joining Common Goal allows me to focus on my career while forming part of something that can really help transform lives of those less fortunate,” said Mawson. “It’s a good thing for football.”Daniels, 31, said: “Football is such an important part of my life, as it is for so many people in this country. It just seems right that our national sport gives something back to society.“Common Goal is the most effective and long-lasting way for players to make a difference.”Common Goal is run by the Berlin-based organisation streetfootballworld, which invests in more than 120 football-based charities in 80 countries.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Juan Mata’s Common Goal project supports football-based projects around the world © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 20 – Bournemouth’s Charlie Daniels and Swansea’s Alfie Mawson have become the first English players to pledge at least one percent of their wages to Juan Mata’s Common Goal project.The Manchester United and Spain midfielder launched the initiative in August, which supports football-based projects around the world.last_img read more


first_imgClose marking from Meath’s Eoghan Harringtton makes hard work for Donegal Captain, Michael Murphy who scored a last gasp point to make it Donegal 1-12 Meath 1-12 in Ballybofey. Photo Brian McDaid/Cristeph.A determined second half display culminating in a last-gasp point by Michael Murphy saw Donegal grab a draw against a determined Meath at MacCumhaill Park this afternoon.The visitors weren’t given a chance coming to the North-West for this league encounter today but their panel had different ideas.In fact, they raced to a 0-7 to 0-2 lead at one stage putting it up to Donegal. Jim McGuinness’ team, helped by a goal by Frank McGlynn, managed to narrow the gap to just two points, going in 1-7 to 1-5 at the interval.The league leaders were suffering in the middle of the park and the manager tried to address this my bringing on Neil Gallagher for Rory Kavanagh at half-time.He also added some penetration up front by drafting in Darach O’Connor in place of Brick Molloy.It appeared to have the desired effect as Donegal began to pick off the points. But Meath refused to wave the white flag and points from Graham Reilly and Michael Newman kept them in contention.In a nip and tuck second half, both sets of forward swapped points and the advantage as they raced to the final whistle in front of a large crowd. Donegal fluffed two goal chances too.Reilly looked as if he had done enough to secure the points for Meath putting them ahead 1-12 to 1-11.However, Murphy was given a late free but when it popped it short, you sensed that Donegal had blown their chance and their 100% league record.Meath must have been kicking themselves when the big Glenswilly man got yet another chance fro a free to level the scores. This time he didn’t miss.The visitors will feel short-changed but Donegal will draw encouragement from a game in which they had to dig deep.LAST GASP MURPHY POINT SNATCHES A DRAW FOR DONEGAL AGAINST MEATH was last modified: March 9th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegaldrawMeathlast_img read more