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Coronavirus: Kompany shares support to those in lockdown

Credit: Vincent Kompany/Twitter

Belgian footballer Vincent Kompany has taken to social media to express his support to everyone who has to stay at home due to the new coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

In his video message, in French followed by Dutch, RSC Anderlecht’s captain paid particular attention to larger families who currently have to live together in small spaces, saying that he knows this situation well as he was part of a large family living in a small apartment as a child. “A collective effort is necessary. If we don’t deliver, it would be a load on the health care providers that would be unbearable.”

Translation: (Dutch follows French from 2:39) A big support to everyone at home from Vincent Kompany.

“Keep dreaming, keep planning for the future, you will get through it,” the former Manchester City player says. He finishes by saying, “It is what it is, but we can always grow towards each other in difficult times. Stay strong.”

In his message, Kompany also calls on young people to use the internet and keep learning. This is not surprising for Kompany, who founded the “socio-sportive” organisation BX Brussels in 2013. Kompany is quoted on the website as saying, “I grew up in Brussels. I am one of them and I know that, with the necessary effort, they are capable of anything. If they get the chance.”

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The Jupiler Pro League, in which Anderlecht competes, decided on Wednesday that there would be no more collective training sessions for any Pro League club until at least 5 April. The news comes after it was decided that the UEFA Euro 2020 would be delayed by a year, with the tournament now running from 11 June to 11 July 2021.

Jason Spinks
The Brussels Times