Alassane Pléa will donate one per cent of his salary to a charitable fund st up by his club OGC Nice.

OGC Nice striker Alassane Plea has decided to donate one per cent of his salary to a charitable fund – an initiative similar to the one launched recently by Manchester United’s Spain international Juan Mata – the Côte d’Azur club announced on Wednesday.

“We’re very proud. Over and above the financial aspect, which is not negligible, Alassane’s commitment is in keeping with all the social initiatives that this club’s employees, supporters and partners take part in,” the club told AFP on Wednesday, confirming reports in Le Monde.

The player will donate one per cent of his salary to a charitable fund set up by his club at the beginning of the year.

‘I accepted right away’

Alassane Pléa, 25,who told Le Monde that he drew inspiration from the initiative launched last summer by Juan Mata, is the first French footballer to reach for the cheque book. “When the club told me about its social initiatives, I accepted right away,” said Pléa in an interview with Nice-Matin. “It does you good to offer a helping hand to people in need. You say to yourself, ‘Sometimes I complain over the smallest thing even though I have everything in life. I have a roof over my head, I eat well and I earn a lot of money…’ It’s a real slap in the face and it brings you back to reality.”

Last year, Manchester United’s Spain international Juan Mata lunched a project called ‘Common Goal’. To join, you just need to donate one per cent of your salary. At the end of February, the initiative counted 34 footballers – including Germany international Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus Turin), Japan’s Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund), Dane Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester) and Americans Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, as well as UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.

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