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PSG to lead French football fundraising after Notre Dame fire

SoccerNews in Ligue 1 16 Apr 2019

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Paris Saint-Germain have promised fundraising initiatives to aid the restoration of Notre Dame cathedral following Monday’s fire.

The 850-year-old masterpiece sustained extensive damage after a blaze, believed to be accidental, was discovered towards the centre of the structure where renovation work is being carried out.

The roof was largely destroyed and the spire collapsed before firefighters brought the incident under control some 15 hours later.

Ligue 1 leaders PSG have pledged to support both the restoration efforts and the emergency services who battled to extinguish the fire and also ensure a number of valuable artefacts could be saved.

“In the aftermath of the fire that ravaged part of the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, Paris Saint-Germain shares the immense emotion of all Parisians, the French people and those around the world who have been shocked and saddened by this disaster,” the club said in a statement on Tuesday.

“The club has already started to bring together all its key stakeholders, main partners and huge community of fans both in Paris and abroad, aiming to start or participate in a series of initiatives such as fundraising events that will be part of the tremendous campaign to rebuild the cathedral in the following years.

“Paris Saint-Germain would also like to express its admiration and solidarity towards the Paris Fire Brigade, whose commitment and bravery made it possible to overcome the flames and limit the extent of the damage. The club will also provide support to the firefighters.”

France’s Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) also intends to provide financial support for the repair efforts.

“This is help that we will co-ordinate with all players in French football,” LFP president Nathalie Boy de la Tour said.

“We will be in solidarity in this drama, which has touched us all.”

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