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Miedema and Dybala back Common Goal’s emergency Ukraine response


  • ‘Action and not thoughts needed,’ says prolific Arsenal forward
  • Charity aims to provide immediate relief to victims of war

Thu 10 Mar 2022 11.40 GMT

The Arsenal forward, Vivianne Miedema, says “action and not thoughts are needed” to help the victims of the war in Ukraine as she fronts an emergency response by Common Goal.

Miedema and Paulo Dybala of Juventus are both representing the philanthropic organisation’s new initiative aimed at providing “immediate relief, and long-term sustainable support” for the millions of people affected by Russia’s invasion of its neighbour.

Common Goal has over 200 members – professional players and coaches – including the Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp and the former Spain international Juan Mata. Its aim is to ‘unlock 1% of the entire football industry’s revenues’ for charitable causes and “social change”.

“I’ve been moved in recent days by the gestures from across our game in solidarity with Ukraine and calling for peace,” Miedama said. “My thoughts go out to all those affected by this senseless invasion. However, I know action and not thoughts are needed which is why the Common Goal Team Up for Ukraine Emergency Response is so important at this time.”

Dybala, an Argentina international with Polish roots, said: “It’s heart-breaking to see what’s happening in Ukraine. The world of football has stood up and demonstrated its support for the people of Ukraine. Now, the Common Goal Team Up for Ukraine Emergency Response is offering an opportunity to work together to provide immediate humanitarian aid and ensure long-term support to those affected by the war. Everyone who is looking for a way to contribute can make a donation.”

The RB Leipzig defender Willi Orban, who is also fronting the initiative, said: “Football must do more than express solidarity with the people of Ukraine.” Pernille Harder of Chelsea Women, the former Manchester United player Eric Cantona and Uefa president Alexander Ceferin are among notable names in football involved with Common Goal.

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