Pep Guardiola’s mother, Dolors Sala Carrió, has died after contracting coronavirus, Manchester City have announced.
On Monday the club tweeted: “The Manchester City family are devastated to report the death today of Pep’s mother Dolors Sala Carrió in Manresa, Barcelona after contracting Corona Virus. She was 82-years-old. Everyone associated with the club sends their most heartfelt sympathy at this most distressing time to Pep, his family and all their friends.”
Last month City’s manager donated €1m to Barcelona’s Angel Soler Daniel Foundation and Medical College towards the purchase of equipment to fight the disease in Spain. It has killed more than 13,000 people there, making Guardiola’s homeland one of the world’s hardest-hit nations.
Manchester United tweeted: “Everyone at Manchester United is saddened to hear this terrible news. We send our heartfelt condolences to Pep and his family.”
In a further show of solidarity among Premier League clubs Arsenal tweeted: “We’re deeply saddened by this heartbreaking news. Sending our love and strength to Pep and his family at this difficult time.”