Shakhtar Donetsk have agreed to pay the remainder of recently deceased Maicon Pereira de Oliviera's contract to his family as a gesture of good will.

The Brazilian passed away last week after a tragic car accident in Donetsk and, although to obliged to pay out his deal, the Ukranian club have taken the decision to do so. The contract was due to end in 2015 and became void upon his death.

Despite this, Shakhtar's CEO Sergei Palkin says the club's president was keen to help his family: "The contract with Maicon was valid through mid-2015. From a legal point of view, in such situations it expires. But Maicon has had a 7-year-old daughter and quite elderly parents left.

"Therefore, the president of the club decided to hand his family the amount stipulated by the contract, in full, to support his family at this difficult time."

Maicon has been described as "a talented footballer, open and friendly guy."

"Maicon loved life and knew how to make it positive and bright. Tragic, untimely and absurd death took away a wonderful person from our ranks. Maicon was only 25 years old".

"It is a terrible bereavement for each of us. FC Shakhtar expresses condolences and sympathy to Maicon’s family and friends. May he rest in peace..."

The Brazilian signed for Shakhtar Donetsk in 2012, and played six times for them, scoring once. Maicon was on loan at Illichivets Mariupol at the time of his death, where he scored three times in 10 appearances.

Maicon was buried yesterday in his birthplace of Rio de Janeiro. 

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