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Saudi-owned club UD Almeria pledges $1.3m to Spain's coronavirus fight

Spanish club was taken over by former Saudi Sports Minister Turki Al-Sheikh in $27m deal in August

Saudi-owned club UD Almeria pledges $1.3m to Spain's coronavirus fight

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Saudi-owned Spanish second division football club Unión Deportiva Almería has donated €1.2 million ($1.3m) in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a report in Spanish daily sports newspaper El Mundo Deportivo, the club had initially pledged €500,000 ($537,000) to battle the virus but this has since been increased by a further €700,000 ($752,000).

The report claims the latest donation will be divided up, with €300,000 ($322,000) spent on food for those most in need, €200,000 ($215,000) will go towards health workers, €100,000 ($107,000) will be spent on those who have lost their jobs and €100k ($107,000) towards volunteers who are helping combat the virus.

The club was taken over by former Minister for Sport in Saudi Arabia, Turki Al-Sheikh in August last year in a €25m ($27m).

Spain on Sunday announced 394 new deaths caused by the novel coronavirus, raising to 1,720 the official death toll in Europe's worst-hit country after Italy, a 30 percent increase over the previous day.

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