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France star Kylian Mbappe has a charity for kids, donated £400k World Cup appearance fee and aided Sala search fund

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LAST year, Kylian Mbappe addressed a crowd of around 300 people from a stage in a Paris hotel to unveil his new charity called Inspired by KM.

The PSG superstar, then only 21, revealed plans to help 98 children from the French capital “fulfil their dreams”.

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“We will support them until their working lives begin,” he told a wowed audience, drawn to the football god’s immediate likeability.

It isn’t the first time that generous Mbappe, looking to aid the Euros to his World Cup winners’ medal from 2018, has shown that he’s one of football’s good guys – just like rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

In 2019, the brilliant forward blessed with extraordinary talent kindly donated £26,000 to help fund a private search for Emiliano Sala’s doomed plane.

And the year before that, Mbappe donated all his World Cup match fees and bonuses, believed to be somewhere in the region of £400,000 to a children’s charity.

INSPIRED BY KM

The brainchild of his mum Fayza Lamari, Mbappe’s Inspired By KM will endeavour to help children aged between nine and 14 achieve whatever they want.

At the low-key presentation, one child revealed: “I would like to become the Kylian Mbappé of maths,” while another said: “I would like to go into medicine.”

And Mbappe’s plan to help them achieve their ambitions is to expose the kids to different kinds of activities – from learning new languages, taking arts and crafts lessons and going on foreign trips.

The charity is open to kids from all sorts of backgrounds, Mbappe explained.

He said: “It is important for everyone to mingle with people they might not otherwise meet.”

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Mbappe revealed his plans to help children from all backgrounds achieve their dreams
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I’m just trying to give a hand to children and make them smile

And Inspired By KM has a charter that all the children must adhere to.

It encourages them “to stay humble … to take responsibility for my actions … to take the time to listen to others … to manage my emotions, problems and conflicts with dialogue and without resorting to violence.”

Although Mbappe has enlisted the help of his parents, two aunts and the headmaster of the school he went to to run the charity, he has pledged to be heavily involved himself.

“I didn’t set this up to delegate, I am going to invest myself in this to the maximum,” he said.

He added: “I’m just trying to give a hand to children and make them smile.”

‘I DID NOT NEED TO BE PAID’

Although his exploits in the Champions League made him a worldwide star with Monaco and PSG, at the 2018 World Cup Mbappe cemented his name as a football phenomenon by outshining Messi in an epic second-round 4-3 win over Argentina.

He was instrumental as Les Bleus went on to win the World Cup, and could have been forgiven for accepting his appearance fees and bonuses awarded by the French FA.

I did not need to be paid. I was there to defend the colours of the country

But Mbappe felt the money would be better use elsewhere. He donated the £400k to the Premiers de Cordees association, a charity which looks to organise sports activities for children with disabilities, and which he is a patron of.

“I did not need to be paid. I was there to defend the colours of the country,” he told TIME magazine.

In 2018 Mbappe helped France win the World Cup
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Mbappe chose to donate his £400k appearance fee and bonuses to a children’s charity
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The Premiers de Cordees association, who Mbappe is a patron of, were the recipients of the French stars’ donation
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I gave the money to the charity where I am a sponsor because being handicapped is something difficult

“Also, I earn enough money – a lot of money. So I think it is important to help those who are in need. A lot of people are suffering, a lot of people have diseases. For people like us, giving a helping hand to people is not a big thing.

“It doesn’t change my life, but it changes theirs. And if it can change theirs, it is a great pleasure.

“I gave the money to the charity where I am a sponsor because being handicapped is something difficult. Showing them that they can do sports like everyone it is something close to my heart.”

SEARCHING FOR SALA

In 2019, the footballing world united for the search of Emiliano Sala – who lost his life in a tragic plane crash after agreeing a deal to sign Cardiff from French club Nantes.

A GoFundMe appeal was set up by his agents after authorities abandoned the hunt for the missing plane to star a private search.

Former Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny and Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan both donated £1,700.

Ex-Leicester winger Demarai Gray put in over £400, while Fulham defender Maxime Le Marchand gave around £1,000 and ex-West Ham ace Dimitri Payet £8,600.

Last year Mbappe donated £26k to a GoFundMe appeal to continue the search for Emiliano Sala’s crashed plane

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But it was Mbappe who trumped them all.

His £26k donation bumped the kitty to nearly £300k, and the search was soon resumed.

As we said, he’s one of football’s good guys.

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Why are France, Portugal and Germany in the same Euro 2020 group?

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EURO 2020 is underway and it’s the turn of the group of death to swing into action.

All of the past three tournament winners have been drawn together in possibly the toughest group in the history of the European Championship.

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Germany boss Joachim Low has been set a tough test in his final tournament[/caption]

The group sees 2014 world champions Germany, European champions Portugal and current world champions all face off.

Hungary are the other team in the group and the government in Budapest has announced a full capacity crowd for all games in the city.

And they’ll need every one of their Hungarian supporters if they are to cause an upset in this group.

Why have Portugal, France and Germany been drawn in the same group?

When the draw for the Euros was made back in 2019, Uefa decided on a new system which would seed teams based purely on qualifying performance.

And while Portugal did qualify comfortably for Euro 2020, they didn’t enjoy a particularly impressive campaign as they finished behind Ukraine.

That led to them being seeded third for the European Championship and primed for a tough group.

It was also thanks to the Ukrainians that France ended up in the group of death.

France won their qualifying group but took just one point from two games off Turkey.

And that meant Ukraine were able to poach the final top seeded spot when Artem Besyedin scored a last minute equaliser in their final game in Serbia.

Meanwhile Germany and Hungary were both pre-drawn into Group F as Munich and Budapest had already been chosen as the group’s two host cities.

Who is hosting the matches and how many fans will be at each game?

As Germany qualified with more points-per-game than Hungary, they will play all three of their games in Munich.

However, they will play in front of just a 20 per cent capacity – the lowest of any host city – after the Bavarian government refused to approve a bigger crowd.

Hungary meanwhile will play France and Portugal in Budapest in front of a full stadium before heading to Munich to face Germany.

France vs Portugal will take place in Budapest, also with no limit on capacity.

How many teams qualify?

The top two teams qualify automatically from the group.

However, there is also a possibility that all three of France, Portugal and Germany could go through.

The four best placed third placed teams will each qualify for the knockout stages at the Euros.

And it was under this system that Portugal emerged winners at Euro 2016.

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Female cricketer blamed sexism over the quality of women’s match balls despite men playing with identical ones

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A FEMALE county cricketer blamed sexism over the quality of women’s match balls — despite men playing with identical ones.

Emilia Bartram, 27, used the hashtag #EverydaySexism when she ranted about the pink balls which she claimed had holes in the seam and the surface.

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Emilia slammed officials over the pink balls saying ‘You wouldn’t let the men play with this terrible quality ball, sort it out’[/caption]

She wrote online: “You wouldn’t let the men play with this terrible quality ball, sort it out.”

But the England and Wales Cricket Board said every team gets the same, regardless of gender.

It said: “These same match balls are distributed across different competitions and have been for many years, during which time criticism of the quality has been extremely rare.”

Physio Emilia, who plays for Oxfordshire, branded the balls a joke.

England and Wales Cricket Board hit back saying every team gets the same, regardless of gender

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Today’s free horse racing tips: Our man is back with ITV racing best bets for day one of Royal Ascot including 40-1 shot

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IT’S day one of Royal Ascot which means it’s time for a Weekend Punt special.

Our man Jack Keene continued his hot streak at Epsom earlier this month with a 58-1 double – meaning he is £74 in profit to a level £1 stake since the column began last August.

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The St James’s Palace Stakes is a fantastically competitive race this year.

Guineas hero Poetic Flare is the one to beat, but this will be his fifth tough race in a matter of weeks.

You can make a case for several of these, including proven Group 1 performers Battleground and Lucky Vega, but this looks ripe for an upset so I’m going to take a flyer on one at a huge price in BULLACE (4.20 Ascot).

He has made huge progress this season, easily winning a red-hot handicap first time out at Newmarket. That form has proven incredibly strong, with four subsequent winners in behind.

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He then took a step forward when a close third to Mostahdaf and Highland Avenue (who are both considerably shorter in the betting here) at Sandown, where he was too keen in a steadily-run race on deep, testing ground.

He battled all the way to the line and only gave way in the final strides to his two rivals, who were more patiently ridden, but it was a big career-best and he will be much happier back on this faster surface.

He is a strong-traveller with a potent turn of foot who should get a strong gallop to aim at here, so I expect this fast mile around a bend to play to his strengths. Trainer Ralph Beckett doesn’t throw his horses into Group 1 company for the sake of it – he’s a runner they hold in high regard.

Day one will be a pretty quiet betting day for me otherwise, though I will have a few quid on SALDIER (6.10 Ascot) in the lucky last.

He is a top hurdler with plenty of speed as he showed when bolting up over a similar trip to this at Listowel last time out.

The fast ground will be right up his street and Willie Mullins and Ryan Moore have a formidable record when teaming up together.

He carries a penalty for his runaway Listowel success but that won’t stop him making a very bold bid.

There are some mouthwatering betting opportunities coming up later in the week, so don’t use up all your bullets on the first day for the sake of it. It’s a marathon, not a sprint!

Royal Ascot day one selections (advised odds correct at time of writing)

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4.20 Royal Ascot – Bullace 1pt EW @ 40-1

6.10 Royal Ascot – Saldier 1pt WIN @ 11-4

  • (Column started August 6) rolling P&L: +74pts

 


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