A petition created on the Change.org website asking Spain players to donate their Euro 2012 bonuses has reached 96,000 signatures.
La Roja claimed the European title with a 4-0 victory over Italy in the final last Sunday – their third major tournament win in a row – and the footballers will receive more than €7m in bonus payments for winning the trophy, yet a report in El Economista claims the movement, initiated by a Madrid youngster named only as Yago, is asking them to leave the money to social charities.
“Once the players reached legendary status by winning the triple crown then that was the time for them to act like real heroes,” declared Yago.
“By doing so they could help raise the plight of this country by showing solidarity with the underprivileged.”
The initiative is also being followed on social networks Twitter and Facebook, where thousands of fans have sent messages to Spain goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas.
There is even a letter addressed to the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and when somebody signs the page it is then automatically sent to the RFEF in the organisation’s name.
The director of the Spanish branch of Change.org, Francisco Polo, believes a petition such as this is the reason the site was designed.
“Change.org is precisely for something like this: to provide a platform available to any person in any place, where they can launch a campaign and achieve their objectives about the issues that most concern them.
“Through this petition a flood of almost 100,000 people have come together to ask for a nice gesture of solidarity from members of the team,” said Polo.