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

By Sports Desk February 10, 2023

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 hold a moment of silence before all of its club competition matches next week.

The two countries were struck on February 6 by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake with multiple severe aftershocks, with more than 22,000 people known to have died.

In a statement, UEFA confirmed a donation of €150,000 to the Turkish Football Federation and an additional €50,000 to the Bonyan Organization and Tiafi, both assisting in disaster relief.

"UEFA is making this initial donation to help the immediate humanitarian response to this horrendous tragedy," said federation president Aleksander Ceferin on Friday.

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

The Champions League Final is set to be held at Istanbul's Ataturk Olympic Stadium in June, with UEFA exploring further fund-raising activities around the event.

The Premier League further confirmed an offer of help to humanitarian aid organisations following the disaster.

"We are devastated by the tragic impact of the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria," read a statement.

"We are supporting the Disasters Emergency Committee's Turkey-Syria Appeal to deliver aid directly to those in need. Black armbands will be worn in tribute this weekend."

Christian Atsu, who played in the Premier League for Newcastle United, is missing following the tremors.

Hatayspor, Atsu's club, were told the winger had been rescued and was in hospital, but officials were unable to locate the player as concern remains.

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