Coronavirus: Man City manager Pep Guardiola's mother dies after contracting COVID-19

David Chipakupaku, news reporter
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The mother of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has died in Spain after contracting coronavirus.

The Premier League club said Dolors Sala Carrio passed away aged 82 in Manresa, Barcelona from COVID-19 .

"Everyone associated with the club sends their most heartfelt sympathy at this most distressing time to Pep, his family and all their friends," Manchester City said in a statement on Twitter.

The football manager is currently in Spain, having returned to his home country during the ongoing postponement of the Premier League.

Club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: "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."

Manchester United have also tweeted their condolences.

"We send our heartfelt condolences to Pep and his family. #ACityUnited," the club said in a statement.

Former City star Yaya Toure and the manager of League One side Fleetwood Town, Joey Barton, have both added to the messages pouring into the club.

The official club accounts of Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur have both tweeted their condolences to Guardiola.

Brighton and Hove Albion, Norwich CIty FC and Nottingham Forest have also paid their respects.

Last month, 49-year-old Guardiola donated €1m (£918,000) to help his home country fight COVID-19.

Spain is one of the worst affected countries by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The country is second only to Italy for the number of people who have died from COVID-19.

Deaths in Spain have fallen for the fourth day in a row - 637 people have lost their lives to the virus in the last 24 hours, down from Thursday's total of 950.

Guardiola has also issued a video as part of Man City's Cityzens At Home campaign, which urges fans to stay home, and listen to the advice of scientists, doctors, and nurses.

The Premier League season is currently suspended until it is safe to resume play.