Scotland and Poland have agreed to hold a match for Ukraine charity on the same date as their delayed and cancelled World Cup playoff respectively, March 24. Hampden Park, Glasgow, will be used as the venue for this game.
This friendly game has just been confirmed this week as both football federation came to a same conclusion to raise funds for the victims of the atrocities in Ukraine. Scottish FA Chief Executive Ian Maxwel released an official statement regarding this particular match.
“It goes without saying that our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine. All football-related matters pale into insignificance next to what the people of that country are experiencing. Along with the counterparts at the Polish FA, we hope to use this friendly international as our chance to show solidarity with a country and its people, while raising as much money to help them as we can in the process.”
Scotland was scheduled to face off Ukraine on March 24 in Hampden Park. Yet, Olexander Petrakov's side is unable to send the team for this fixture due to escalating Russian invasion. Their game is bound to be staged in June after Ukraine football federation requested for a postponement. However, there has been an interesting development on giving Ukraine a bye to the world cup final round recently although it is yet confirmed by UEFA or FIFA. The Tartan Army is also set to take on the loser of the other semifinal playoff in the same pool between Wales and Austria on March, 29.
Meanwhile, Poland was also set to meet Russia on the same date for the UEFA semifinal playoff in Moscow. However, Robert Lewandowski and Co refused to play, followed by the world and European football governing body to expell Sbornaya from any international fixtures last week. As a result, they are granted a bye before encountering the winner of the other semifinal, either Sweden or Czech Republic five days later.
The donation for Ukraine war victims will be taken from £10 from every sold tickets, which have been open for sale for the member of Scotland Supporters Club only since last Tuesday. The general public sale will be available starting on Thursday, March 17. The funds raised from this match will be given to UNICEF UK emergency appeal to provide necessary support for those affected by the conflict such as the ones who fled to the neighbouring countries and lost their homes.