(Reuters) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has helped raise more than 6000 pounds for the Premier League team’s City in the Community charity by donating for auction the grey cardigan he wore during their treble-winning campaign last season.
The Spaniard said after their 6-0 FA Cup final victory over Watford last month that he would give away the hooded item of clothing to raise money for the charity.
City said the cardigan was bagged by a club fan named James Hodge in the United States and funds would go towards providing free meals to families in Manchester during the school holidays.
“I’m delighted that this auction has raised so much for City in the Community and thank you to everyone who has donated for such a great cause,” Guardiola told the club’s website https://www.mancity.com/news/club-news/club-news/2019/june/pep-guardiola-cardigan-auction-result.
“It’s also fantastic to be able to give something personal to the fans whose support helped us achieve incredible success last season.”
Guardiola’s side became the first team to claim the English treble of the league championship as well as the League Cup and FA Cup last season.
City will kick off their 2019-20 Premier League season with an away trip to West Ham United on Aug. 10.
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)