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West Ham hold jersey auction to help relief effort for earthquake victims

Over 200 people have died following an earthquake in Mexico.

Image: Andrew Matthews

WEST HAM UNITED are auctioning off match-worn shirts from their derby against Spurs this weekend, with all the proceeds going to those affected by the earthquake that devastated Mexico this week.

Additionally, the club will double the figure raised by the auction and will then donate the total amount to an appeal organised by West Ham’s Javier Hernandez and Porto’s Miguel Layun which has been called the #YoXMexico initiative.

This relief effort campaign is aimed at a delivering food and supplies to victims that have been most affected by the disaster.

Over 200 people were killed when the 7.1-magnitude quake struck Mexico city and elsewhere in the country on Tuesday.

Speaking on the club website, Hernandez said:

“Being so far from Mexico and seeing the suffering of our compatriots in the distance has been very painful.

“So, after discussing it, we decided to take the initiative for Mexico and give our people a helping hand.

“We know that many see us as a source of inspiration, but in this case, what has inspired us is to see millions of Mexicans take to the streets and to lend a hand without asking for anything in return.

“We hope, with this initiative, to help those who need it and motivate more people to do it with us.

“Miguel and I are very grateful to have the backing of everyone at West Ham United and all of its supporters at this difficult time for our country.

“It is a fantastic gesture and we hope it can help us raise funds that will make a difference in Mexico.”

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