PEP GUARDIOLA’S mother has sadly died after contracting coronavirus, Manchester City confirmed.
The club released a statement on social media after Dolors Sala Carrio passed away aged 82 in Manresa, Barcelona.
It read: “The Manchester City family are devastated to report the death today of Pep’s moth Dolors Sala Carrio in Manresa, Barcelona after contracting Corona Virus.
“She was 82-years-old.
“Everyone associated with the club sends their most heartfelt sympathy at this most distressing time to Pep, his family and all their friends.”
Dolors was a former sales assistant, and was married to Pep’s father Valenti, a bricklayer.
They had four children. Pep is their third child, after having two daughters and then finally a second son.
It was understood she had been living in Santpedor, a quiet village in central Catalonia where Pep grew up.
Manchester United have also issued a statement sending their “heartfelt condolences”.
It reads: “Everyone at Manchester United is saddened to hear this terrible news. We send our heartfelt condolences to Pep and his family. #ACityUnited”.
Tottenham Hotspur also sent their condolences, tweeting: “Everyone at Spurs sends their deepest condolences. Our thoughts are with Pep and his family at this time.”
Just weeks ago, Pep donated £920,000 to fight the virus in his native Catalonia, intending for the money to go to medical equipment through the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation.
The tragic news comes after Spain saw its saw its smallest rise in coronavirus deaths for nearly two weeks today.
The new figures offer a glimmer of hope to millions battling coronavirus across a beleaguered Europe that countries may be starting to turn the tide on the deadly disease.
In Spain – one of the worst hit countries on the continent – the daily death toll dropped for the fourth straight day today, with 637 patients dying overnight, taking the total to 13,055, the government said.
And in a touching moment, health workers were pictured observing a minute’s silence at the entrance of the Hospital Doctor Peset in Valencia, in remembrance of nursing staff who have died due to coronavirus.
Though Spain has the second-highest death toll in the world after Italy, the number of deaths each day has been falling since Thursday’s peak of 950, according to health ministry figures.
After yesterday’s fall, the country’s PM Pedro Sanchez said: “We are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Catalonia, where Pep is from, is the second worst hit region after Madrid.