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Pep Guardiola gives more than $1 million to coronavirus fight in Catalonia

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has donated over $1 million to fight the coronavirus pandemic in Catalonia.

Guardiola, 49, is a sporting hero in Spain, where he won six La Liga titles and a European Cup as a player with Barcelona before leading the club to three more La Liga crowns and two UEFA Champions Leagues as manager.

Guardiola’s donation will help the Fundacio Angel Soler Daniel with the acquisition and supply of health equipment as well as the “alternative 3D production of respirator masks and other protective items for health workers.”

Guardiola was named the 2009 Catalan of the Year, and the region’s causes have always been very close to his heart. He was charged for wearing a yellow ribbon in tribute to the Catalan independence fight in 2018.

The BBC says Guardiola is spending time at his home in Barcelona during the Premier League suspension, which runs until at least April 30.