Premier League clubs to thank NHS staff with free match tickets

  • Kat Lucas

As much as we’re all missing the Premier League right now, there are more important things that have to take precedent.

The World Health Organisation, as well as governments around the world, have pleaded with people to stay at home to limit the spread of coronavirus.

In the UK, that rallying call also been echoed by the National Health Service (NHS), whose staff are working tirelessly to keep the public healthy.

Nurses, doctors and other medical workers are at the forefront of everyone’s thoughts and prayers as they risk their own safety to help others.

As a small tribute, the FA lit up Wembley Stadium in blue and white earlier this week with a message reading: ‘Thank you NHS’.

Brighton have also contacted 3,000 elderly and vulnerable people in their community. Their chief executive said:

“We fully appreciate football is the last thing on anyone’s mind at this moment, but we feel this is a small way in which we can show our gratitude for those NHS staff on the front line who are fighting the battle on behalf of all of us and give them something to look forward to.

“If each of the 92 clubs committed on average one thousand tickets, with The FA donating for a future England international and Scottish Premier League and Irish League clubs also contributing, we could easily top 100,000 tickets for these heroes.”

Heroes is indeed the most appropriate word and it would be fantastic to see NHS workers being rewarded for stepping up at this time of international crisis.

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