'Footballers must give money to fans'

English Premier League

A Premier League star has urged fellow professional footballers to 'give back' to supporters during the times of crisis within the coronavirus pandemic.

Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend believes it's should be the duty of all Premier League football stars to support those in need during the adversity the world currently faces.

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The 28-year-old, who is involved in the #FootballUnited initiative that launched this Wednesday is aiming to support the elderly and vulnerable - who are unable to fend for themselves during this period.

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"These guys, they support us on a Saturday through thick and thin," Townsend explains to BBC Football.

"The general public effectively pay our wages with their season tickets and their subscriptions to the TV services so, at times like this, we have to give back.

He added: "Crystal Palace is calling up season ticket holders, making sure they are OK and seeing if they need any help with shopping or any other errands.

"Wilfred Zaha is giving properties to NHS workers so everyone is trying to find their own little way to kind of help in these troubled times and hopefully I can do that with #FootballUnited."

The Premier League has been called off until at least 30 April but there are growing concerns that the 2019/20 may be scrapped completely.