Sad news as Guardiola loses mum to coronavirus. This is what Chelsea did

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For now, football rivalries have been put aside as the football world has come together to try and combat the coronavirus pandemic that has halted football activities and other major walks of life around the world.

Manchester City have revealed that Pep Guardiola’s mother Dolors Sala Carrio has passed away after contracting the coronavirus.

Manchester City posted a tweet which read: “The Manchester City family are devastated to report the death today of Pep’s mother Dolors Sala Carrió in Manresa, Barcelona after contracting coronavirus. 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.”

Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said in a post on Twitter: “Our prayers and heartfelt sympathies are with Pep and his family at this overwhelmingly sad time. He and they have the love and support of the entire City family.”

The 82-year-old passed away in her home in Manresa, Barcelona on Monday.

Chelsea put rivalry aside and have sent a message to the Spaniard following the tragic announcement: “All of us at Chelsea send our deepest condolences to Pep Guardiola and his family.”

Spain has been badly hit with the coronavirus pandemic with 135,032 recorded cases and 13,055 confirmed deaths .

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