Barcelona back Bobby Robson charity auction

06 October 2011 09:35

European champions Barcelona and their coach Pep Guardiola have joined the long list of big football names who have lent their support to an auction for former England football great Bobby Robson's charity.

The Spanish club said on Thursday they would donate the chance to meet with Guardiola and some of his players, along with a shirt signed by the team and two tickets to attend a match at the Camp Nou, to the charity event.

"I was lucky to be one of his players, and learn from him and his values, how to handle players, how to behave in victory and in defeat, and his fair-play," said Guardiola, who spent the 1996/97 season under Robson's guidance at Barcelona.

"It was a great lesson for us and for me. As an institution its an honour to collaborate in this fight."

Sir Bobby's Breakthrough Auction will run online from October 8-23, with proceeds from the auction as well as those from a charity ball on October 20 going to the foundation.

England's David Beckham has donated a signed LA Galaxy shirt and a football to the auction while Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, who also worked with Robson, donated his FIFA Ballon d'Or World Coach of the Year award.

Brazilian legend Pele donated a signed limited edition copy of his autobiography and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson donated VIP tickets to watch his side in action.

Robson battled cancer five times during a 17-year period before succumbing to the disease in July 2009 at the age of 76, according to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation's website.

Source: AFP