Shakhtar Donetsk demonstrated all their class on Friday, announcing that the club would pay out the remainder of late striker Maicon’s contract to his family. The 25-year-old Brazilian’s was killed in a car accident last Saturday.
Appearing at a Q&A session with fans, Shakhtar CEO Sergie Palkin said:
The contract with Maicon was valid through mid-2015. From a legal point of view, in such situations [the contract would normally expire], but Maicon has had a 7-year-old daughter and quite elderly parents left.
Therefore, the president of the club decided to hand his family the amount stipulated by the contract, in full, to support his family at this difficult time.
There is no sum of money that can take the sting out of such a tragedy, but it is wonderful to see Shakhtar do the right thing and help Maicon’s family. We wish them all the best and send our condolences.