UPDATED: Pure Class: Shakhtar Donetsk Pays The Late Maicon Pereira’s Family His Full Contract Amount

17 Feb

Maicon_Pereira_Oliveira_4770475In a wonderful gesture, Shaktar Donestsk has decided to pay the full contract to Maicon Pereira’s family. The 25 year old striker was tragically killed in a car accident last weekend.  (UPDATED: Just to clear up any confusion, this is not the Maicon who played for Inter Milan, Man City & Roma – that’s Maicon Sisenando.) FROM THE MIRROR.CO.UK Shakhtar Donetsk agree to pay remaining value of Maicon’s contract to his family by Alex Richards Although under no legal obligation to do so following the Brazilian striker’s death, the Ukrainian club will pay out the remainder of his contract Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk have decided that they will pay out the contract of Maicon Pereira de Oliveira to his family, in full, folllowing the Brazilian’s death last weekend. The 25-year-old striker, who had been on loan at Illichivets Mariupol, was tragically killed in a car accident last Saturday. Legal protocol dictates that his contract – due to run until 2015 – should expire immediately, but the club’s CEO Sergei Palkin has revealed that the club intend to grant the rest of the player’s contract to his parents and young daughter. “The contract with Maicon was valid until mid-2015,” said Palkin. “From a legal point of view, in such situations it expires. “But Maicon has a seven-year-old daughter and quite elderly parents. “Therefore, the president of the club decided to hand his family the amount stipulated by the contract, in full, to support his family at this difficult time.” Maicon, who joined Shakhtar in 2012, made just six appearances for the Ukraine giants, scoring once, but was fondly remembered by the Miners. “He was a talented footballer, open and friendly guy,” read a statement on the club’s official website. “Maicon loved life and knew how to make it positive and bright. Tragic, untimely and absurd death took away a wonderful person from our ranks. Maicon was only 25 years old. “It is a terrible bereavement for each of us.” “FC Shakhtar expresses condolences and sympathy to Maicon’s family and friends. May he rest in peace.” We here at HB & HB would like to share that sentiment. This must be an amazingly difficult time for his family and friends. I applaud Shahktar for their gesture and for thinking of the welfare of those his death would leave behind. This reminds me of when Udinese set up a fund in 2012 to support the severely disabled sister of the late Piermario Morosini and his teammate Antonio Di Natale became her legal guardian. For all the boneheaded money driven decisions that clubs often make, sometimes they get it just it right. – Lozil

4 Responses to “UPDATED: Pure Class: Shakhtar Donetsk Pays The Late Maicon Pereira’s Family His Full Contract Amount”

  1. Lara February 17, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    Waaaait a minute… Maicon f***ing DIED??? I had no idea that happened! That’s so sad. 😥 This is a grand gesture on the club officials’ part. His family sounds like they need that money… Gestures like this warm my heart, even though the occasion is tragic.

  2. hopechaser February 18, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

    Such a wonderful move by Shakhtar. Too often it is forgotten players have obligations, responsibilities and it isn’t always parties, girls, and the finer things in life.

    This brought up Morosini for me too. Thanks for linking to your previous posts regarding his honouring. Udine is ‘la mia famiglia’, as that is where my mom’s family is from, and when Di Natale stepped up so unselfishly it made me so proud he represents that area through sport and through basic humanity.

  3. Christine February 18, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    That is awesome. We do sometimes forget players have families and obligations. What a tragic event, I can’t imagine how the family must feel but I’m so glad others did not forget them. Hope they and all who knew him find peace.

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