Damien Duff’s charity gesture earns international acclaim

Damien Duff’s charity gesture earns international acclaim

DAMIEN Duff's generosity for donating his Shamrock Rovers wages to charity has been picked up by the European media.

A Portuguese paper has dedicated a full-page write-up to the former Republic of Ireland international, who made his debut for his new club on Monday night, with the headline ‘For The Love of The Jersey’.

Duff confirmed at the weekend that he will donate any earnings from his latest role to Temple Street Children’s Hospital and Heart Children Ireland, two charities he says are close to his heart.

The 36-year-old, who earned a global recognition at the 2002 World Cup and subsequent move to Chelsea, still commands interest across key soccer nations in Europe, with media in Germany and Spain also picking up on his gesture.

Speaking to Irish newspapers at the weekend, the former Blackburn, Newcastle and Fulham man said: “I thought it’d be something nice to do because I just want to play football.

“The only thing I’ve taken from Rovers is the loan of a car through Hyundai until I sort my situation out. Otherwise, every penny I get – whether it be bonuses, incentives, appearance money or whatever – is all going to those two charities, 50/50.”