Later tonight, Manchester United and Real Betis will clash in an eagerly-anticipated Europa League last-16 fixture. But while they’re ready to give it their all on the pitch, both sides know that there are more important things in life than football.
To promote sustainability and protect the environment, ‘The Green and Whites’ legend Rafael Gordillo and ‘Red Devils’ icon Wes Brown joined forces alongside representatives of both clubs to participate in a Forever Green, City of Trees project.
Manchester United and Real Betis care about the planet
The event, which took place in Manchester, showcased the heart of the two great teams. Brown and Gordillo got stuck in as they encouraged fans to remain conscious of their impact on the environment.
The friendly initiative resulted in Betis supporters doing their best to treat the English city with respect. Consequently, they’re now asking the United faithful to return the favour.
Prior to the second-leg, which kicks off at 5:45 PM, Real Betis is asking travelling football enthusiasts to clear up spaces around the Seville city centre. Thus promoting a community feel which can sometimes fall into the abyss as soon as the action on the field commences.
The La Liga side have gone above and beyond to give back in recent times. In a testament to their selfless attitude, Manchester is just one of their several tree-planting milestones, following similar projects in St Petersburg, Rome and Razgrad.
With a 4-1 lead, United will likely progress to the next round. But all-in-all, the Spanish giants will hope that their clear message will embed itself in the fans’ minds long after the final whistle blows.
Forever Green is an open platform for partners wanting to make a positive change.
The organisation motivates teams to use their footballing platform to showcase the good they can do for the world. As an organisation, they promote the use of public transport, cars, motorcycles and scooters.
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