William praised people for showing the “spirit” of the game in recent months by putting rivalries aside.
Prince William has thanked soccer fans for supporting their local communities during the coronavirus pandemic.
The 38-year-old prince, who is president of the FA and supports Premier League Aston Villa, praised people for showing the “spirit” of the game in recent months by putting rivalries aside to help those in need.
Marking the start of the new Premier League season on Saturday (12/09/20), William said in a video message shared on Twitter: “As our national game, soccer is a source of unity and community spirit for millions.
“Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen soccer come together to support their communities.”
“Rivalries have been put aside to help those most in need.”
“From reaching out to isolated fans and promoting physical and mental health, to helping those who have felt the financial impact and supporting our incredible NHS.”
“I want to thank all the football clubs and fans who have helped those affected by the pandemic enormously.”
“The support they have given their communities this year is a true testament to the spirit of soccer in this country.”
“Thank you and good luck for the coming season.”
William, who has Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five and Prince Louis, two, with the Duchess of Cambridge, recently admitted that he sees sport as the ideal way to “blow off steam.”
When asked if football is his liberation, Prince William replied: “It is now. Since I became a father, without a doubt, football has become much more important than it used to be ”.
“I need to go and be among other guys and vent, yell a little.”