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Beckham 'to hand salary' to children's hospital

Ben McPartland
Ben McPartland - [email protected] • 16 Apr, 2013 Updated Tue 16 Apr 2013 09:00 CEST
Beckham 'to hand salary' to children's hospital

Paris Saint-Germain's David Beckham will donate around half a million euros to a children's hospital in Paris, French media reported on Tuesday. It comes after he pledged to donate his salary to good causes, when he joined the club in January.

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Wealthy footballer David Beckham will hand over part of of his whopping PSG salary to a children's hospital in Paris, French daily Le Parisien claimed on Tuesday.

The Necker hospital in the 15th arrondissement of the French capital, which specializes in rare diseases is set to benefit to the tune of around €500,000, Le Parisien claimed.

When Beckham joined the mega-wealthy Qatari-owned club in January, he put charities across France on alert by promising to donate his entire wages to good causes.

The club was inundated with requests from associations and organizations across the country, including a penniless nursery in Nancy, that will close without financial aid.

Since then, however, there has been little news about which charities are to benefit from Beckham’s reported €800,000 monthly wages.

The donation to the hospital, which already has strong links with PSG, will be carried out through the club's charitable foundation, whose president is Nasser al Khelaifa, the club's Qatari chief.

According to Le Parisien, another as yet unnamed children's charity in France is also set to benefit from a major slice of Beckham's salary.

Following Beckham's charity pledge, suspicions were raised in the French media that the club were simply making the donations in a bid to avoid paying tax on the player's wages. PSG have so far refused to comment on these claims.

Details have not yet been released.

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