The Football Association of Ireland will allocate 2,000 tickets to the Ukrainian refugee community in Ireland for the upcoming UEFA Nations League match against Ukraine at Aviva Stadium on Wednesday 8 June.
The FAI has also pledged to donate €100,000 to the Irish Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal from the proceeds of ticket sales for the match.
The Association will make the free tickets available to Ukrainian refugees who have recently arrived in Ireland as the crisis escalates in their country and will “liaise directly with community groups and in particular grassroots football clubs who have recently hosted Ukrainian refugees in their communities”.
“On behalf of the FAI Board and staff and everyone involved in Irish football, I am delighted to announce that we will be inviting 2,000 Ukrainian refugees already in Ireland to the game and we look forward to welcoming them. as well as their team at the Aviva Stadium. I am also pleased to confirm a €100,000 contribution to the Irish Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal from ticket sales for the match,” said the manager. FAI General Jonathan Hill.
“We have continuously offered our support and solidarity to the Ukrainian Football Association, their players and supporters since this crisis developed earlier this year and this donation is hopefully a welcome gesture to the name of our game, of the Irish supporters and of the Irish people.”
FAI Chairman Gerry McAnaney added: “Football is only secondary to the current situation in Ukraine and the crisis its people are going through, but this donation and the allocation of tickets to Ukrainian families residing now in Ireland will hopefully consolidate our support for the people of Ukraine, and I know the people of Ireland will welcome and support this initiative.
Speaking on behalf of the Irish Red Cross, fundraising manager Charlie Lamson said: “This gesture is absolutely tremendous support for the Irish Red Cross as we work to help Ukrainians in Ukraine. and in the surrounding region – but also here in Ireland. Over the past two months we have had the privilege of providing assistance to Ukrainians arriving at Irish ports and airports as well as in communities across the country.
“Being recognized on this day of community and sharing is extremely important to this ongoing effort.”