Shakhtar Donetsk have announced that they will pay the rest of their deceased striker Maicon Pereira de Oliveira’s contract to his family after the 25-year-old Brazilian tragically died in a car crash last Saturday.
Shakhtar CEO Sergie Palkin made the announcement at a forum with supporters of the club yesterday when asked what steps Shakhtar would take following Maicon’s death.
“The contract with Maicon was valid through mid-2015,” he said at the Q&A session.
“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.”
Maicon joined Shakhtar Donetsk on a free transfer in the summer of 2012, but made just six appearances for the club after a couple of loan moves to Zorya Luhansk and Illichivets Mariupol.