Manchester United, Real Betis, and Forever Green have joined forces this week to promote sustainability in football, ahead of the first leg of the Europa League round of 16 between the two teams at Old Trafford.

Two football legends, Wes Brown from United, and Rafael Gordillo alongside representatives from both clubs, visited the City of Trees, located in Manchester, to plant trees and encourage fans and the football industry in general to be aware of their impact on the environment.

Among other actions, Real Betis fans traveling to Manchester will receive biodegradable bags to collect waste generated in the areas surrounding the city center and the stadium during their visit. The verdiblanco club encourages United fans to do the same when they come to Seville for the return leg.

“This reminds our fans that they should be aware of the impact they have on the environment when they travel to support their team. I encourage fans to think of more sustainable ways to follow football, and when traveling in European competitions, it is important to show respect to rival fans, their city, stadium, and culture,” said Brown.

Meanwhile, the president of the Real Betis Foundation, Rafael Gordillo, stated that it is an honor for the verdiblanco club to join forces with Manchester United. “It is very important that we take advantage of our European appointments to continue spreading Forever Green worldwide and also to convey to our fans that we must set an example and leave every corner we visit in Europe free of waste.”

The tree planting in Manchester is a continuation of the carbon offsetting carried out by United during last summer’s tour of Thailand and Australia.

United’s growing efforts in sustainability placed us second in the Premier League’s ecological table of Sport Positive for 2022, which rated top-flight clubs based on a range of ecological criteria, such as renewable energy use, energy efficiency, and the reduction and elimination of single-use plastic.

Forever Green is Real Betis’ environmental sustainability platform that combines efforts between football clubs, companies, and entities from other sectors to use football’s platform to save the planet from the effects of climate change. Thanks to Forever Green, Real Betis is the most sustainable football club in LaLiga and the second in Europe, according to a recent study by Brand Finance.

In the more than two years of existence of Forever Green, Real Betis has already carried out over 100 actions, reached 75 countries, partnered with 60 organizations, companies, and clubs, and reached 195 media outlets worldwide. Additionally, through all the work done, the club has managed to save 3,500 tons of CO2, equivalent to planting 21,500 trees.

During its participation in the last two seasons in the UEFA Europa League, Real Betis seizes the opportunity to join the teams it faces to fight together against climate change.

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