Former Leeds United youth player Micah Richards praised by fans after charity offer

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Former Leeds United youth player Micah Richards has been praised by fans after a social media gesture.

Micah Richards has become a popular TV pundit in recent months, featuring on sports coverage on both the BBC and Sky Sports.

Following the lockdown announcement, Micah tweeted from his social media account to offer a £25,000 donation to a Leeds charity.

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He said the city had been "nothing but great" to him growing up.

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Micah said the donation would be made to a charity which he felt would "need it the most".

In a tweet on Saturday, Micah said: "Lockdown 2 is gonna cause more deaths through depression, loneliness and financial stress.

"Leeds and Manchester have been nothing but great to me growing up so I’m gonna donate 50k!

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"25k each to two different charities/businesses in the two areas which I feel need it the most!"

Fans took to social media to praise the kind gesture and offer their advice on which charities should benefit.

However, on Sunday, Micah tweeted again to slam criticism he had received following the offer.

He said it had been turned into a negative, despite having "no agenda".

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He called those who think the offer was a publicity thing as an "embarrassment".

In a tweet on Sunday, Micah said: "What world do we live in when you offer 50k to a charity gets turned into a negative.

"I have no agent no pr company no agenda.

"I tweeted it so charities can get in touch.

"Those who think it’s a publicity thing are a embarrassment.

"Deary Deary me!!!"

Micah Richards grew up in Chapeltown, Leeds.

He played for the Leeds United youth system as a striker, but was released as a boy.

He also represented Leeds Schools FA.

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