Keep Showing Solidarity After Crisis Ends, Says Atletico Madird's Saul Niguez

Hold Displaying Solidarity After Disaster Ends, Says Atletico Madird’s Saul Niguez

Saul Niguez (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Saul Niguez (Picture Credit score: Twitter)

Saul Niguez launched a marketing campaign to spice up Spain’s freelancers and small companies whose livelihoods have been bludgeoned by the pause in exercise.

  • Reuters
  • Final Up to date: April 20, 2020, 10:58 PM IST

The novel coronavirus has crippled the worldwide economic system and devastated lives and households however Atletico Madrid and Spain midfielder Saul Niguez believes there’s a approach out if folks present solidarity with one another.

With soccer on maintain through the well being disaster, Saul, 25, has launched Saldremos Juntos (We’ll get by means of this collectively), a marketing campaign to spice up Spain’s freelancers and small companies whose livelihoods have been bludgeoned by the pause in exercise.

“I used to be watching the information and all the pieces was detrimental so I spoke to my agent and I mentioned let’s do one thing to assist out,” Saul advised Reuters in an interview on Skype.

“The concept got here to me in 5 minutes and he advised me it was very troublesome however I mentioned let’s do what we will. In two hours he had fashioned a group.”

Saldremos Juntos has assembled 44 excessive profile ambassadors together with athletes, actors, social media influencers, to offer publicity to stricken companies.

Saul’s Atletico group mate Alvaro Morata and Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets are amongst these to have pledged to assist the 18,000 small companies and freelancers who’ve signed up asking for help.

128 firms have additionally joined the marketing campaign, which is launching three funding streams. La Liga has donated 50,000 euros ($54,300) to the marketing campaign by means of a web based live performance held final month.

“The concept is to hyperlink a enterprise, Saldremos Juntos and the well-known particular person and for the enterprise to get one thing constructive out of it,” Saul defined.

“So a tennis participant can donate a racket or a motorcyclist their helmet and we public sale it and lift cash so a enterprise can get slightly enhance. When you will have well-known folks backing you it’s simpler to have a big effect.”

Few international locations have been hit as laborious by the virus as Spain, which has the highest fee of infections in Europe at greater than 200,000 and the second-highest demise toll, with greater than 20,000 folks shedding their lives.

Round 900,000 jobs have been misplaced, whereas Spain’s 3.2 million freelancers and small enterprise house owners, who’ve lengthy complained of getting little social safety and paying excessive charges, are up towards the wall.

“This disaster goes to be a lot larger than something we’ve skilled and something we do won’t be sufficient however my intention is to assist, it may not be sufficient in some instances however I’ve to attempt,” Saul added.

“I’ve no fastened intention, I’m speaking with a number of folks about what they’ll do. Individuals don’t have to present a number of cash, however well-known folks can use their picture and might entice folks to companies who want them.

“Each approach of serving to is constructive, we have to get everybody to assist and help one another and above all when this disaster passes we have to proceed to indicate solidarity with one another.”

‘FOOTBALL IS SECONDARY’

Saul’s final act on a soccer pitch earlier than the unfold of the virus halted sporting competitions throughout the globe was serving to Atletico pull off a momentous extra-time victory away to Champions League holders Liverpool.

As organisers wrestle to seek out methods to finish the season, there is no such thing as a assure Atletico will be capable to proceed competing in Europe’s high competitors, however Saul insists returning to soccer shouldn’t be on his thoughts.

He has been coaching in a health club in his Madrid dwelling and protecting in contact with group mates by means of video conferences, the place coach Diego Simeone continues to supply tactical directions.

“The membership will name me when it’s time to return to work, I’m making ready myself mentally and bodily to take care of it in the easiest way potential however soccer is secondary proper now,” he mentioned.

Footballers in England have been criticised by politicians for his or her preliminary reticence to conform to a pay reduce through the disaster, whereas some golf equipment took benefit of a authorities scheme to furlough non-playing employees.

However Saul, who alongside together with his Atletico group mates has shouldered a 70% pay reduce whereas soccer is on maintain and assured non-sporting employees will get their full wages, disagrees with the notion footballers stay in a bubble.

“We agreed to a pay reduce as a result of we wish to assist our membership and staff, all different golf equipment are doing one thing comparable so everybody helps in a method or one other,” he mentioned.

“However whether or not or not you’re a footballer it’s as much as you ways you act at a time like this. The one approach we’ll get by means of that is by supporting one another.”

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