When Juan Mata announced that he had made a transfer-window switch to charity initiative Common Goal, it begged the question: when would British Premier League stars follow in the Man United man’s footsteps?
Surprisingly enough, the first two Brits to make the pledge have come from outside the Old Trafford dressing room in the form of Swansea’s Alfie Mawson and Bournemouth’s Charlie Daniels.
The defensive duo will give up one per cent of their salary to the initiative, run by global outfit Streetfootballworld, which will then be pooled to help football charities all over the world to aid causes as diverse as gender equality in India and refugee integration in Germany.
— charlie daniels (@chazdaniels13) October 20, 2017
“I’ve experienced pretty much everything that you can live as a player in England, maybe that’s why I’ll never forget where I’ve come from,” explained Daniels, 31, who has been with the Cherries throughout their rise from League One to the Premier League.
“Football is such an important part of my life, as it is for so many people in this country. It just seems right that our national sport gives something back to society. Common Goal is the most effective and long-lasting way for players to make a difference.