Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan will stage a new competition called the ‘European Solidarity Cup’ in 2021 to raise money for medical facilities in Italy and Spain.
The three clubs will play each other in a round-robin group, with Inter against Bayern held in Milan, Real facing Inter in Madrid and Bayern hosting Real in Munich.
Proceeds from the fixtures will be donated to medical facilities in Italy and Spain, two of the world’s worst-hit Countries by the Coronavirus pandemic.
A statement from Real Madrid had it that the aim is “to send out a message of solidarity and fraternity to the people of Europe”.
Dates for the tournament have not been decided but the Club said timing will “depend on the match calendar and when football can be played in front of fans again”.
Bayern will invite 5,000 Nurses, Carers and Doctors to the Allianz Arena for their match against Real Madrid.
“Nurses, Carers and Doctors, in particular, are doing an outstanding job for society at the moment,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “We, the three clubs, want to show these heroes our appreciation, respect and gratitude.”
Inter president Steven Zhang said: “The great commitment of all healthcare workers has been essential to allow us to look to the future.”