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Gary Neville donates £20,000 to deaf football team

Gary Neville, former English football coach and Manchester United player, donated £20,000 to help send Great Britain’s deaf football team to the 2017 Deaflympics.

Neville alluded to the donation on Twitter, saying he would donate the money if the Premier League and Football Association wouldn’t.

There is no funding available from the game’s governing bodies, according to the Just Giving campaign. Both the male and female deaf football teams are hoping to compete in Turkey next summer at the Deaflympics.

The teams still have more than $100,000 to raise to reach their £125,000 target.

There are currently about 25 active deaf football clubs in Great Britain, according to British Deaf Football.  – most of them compete in mainstream football leagues around Britain.

Deaf footballers regularly compete against their hearing peers, but face certain hidden disadvantages, such as not being able to hear instructions during a game when in motion, a referee’s decision or crowd reactions. However, several deaf footballers have managed to reach the professional ranks over the last century.


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