Manchester City to change shirts for coronavirus relief fund

Manchester City will wear special shirts for Wednesday’s Premier League match against Arsenal in recognition of a coronavirus relief-fund campaign set up by City Football Group.

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Pep Guardiola’s side will resume their season as they welcome Mikel Arteta back to the Etihad Stadium for the first time since the Spaniard made the move to Arsenal in December.

The Premier League champions will wear Cityzens Giving For Recovery on their shirts instead of their usual sponsors after parent group City Football Group launched a 12-month recovery campaign to help communities get back on their feet in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The group has made almost £1m in donations in the last three months and wants to match that over the next 12 months through its clubs, staff, players, coaches and fans.

Ferran Soriano, chief executive of City Football Group, said: “Frontline workers around the world have heroically responded to the immediate threat of COVID-19. We have been privileged to play our own small part in helping to address that immediate threat. Now is the time for us to look forward, committing to meeting our responsibility to help our communities recover. This multi-faceted campaign is going to use our expertise, our facilities, our platform and our voice to help people and our communities to heal and recover. And we will do it together. We are calling on our global community of Cityzens to help us to give and to help as many people as we can to recover.”

The Premier League 2019/20 season is set to return on Wednesday (June 17)