Scotland will face Poland in a friendly match to raise funds for Ukraine on March 24 after their World Cup play-off was postponed due to Russia’s invasion
- Scotland set to face Poland in Hampden after World Cup play-offs halted
- Steve Clarke’s side were due to face Ukraine in a match postponed to June
- Poland meanwhile were due to face Russia which has now been canceled
- The SFA will donate £10 from each ticket to UNICEF’s Ukraine Emergency Fund
Last night the SFA confirmed plans to donate £10 from every ticket sold for the upcoming Scotland-Poland friendly to UNICEF’s Ukraine Emergency Fund.
Sportsmail have first revealed plans for the nations to meet in Hampden after the war in Ukraine caused major disruption in the World Cup play-offs.
Steve Clarke’s side were due to face Ukraine in a game now postponed to June due to Russian aggression.
Steve Clarke’s side will face Poland in March after their World Cup play-off was postponed
Scotland were due to face Ukraine before the postponement due to the war in the country
The Poles were also due to play their own semi-final on the same day but will now travel to Glasgow after FIFA expelled Russia from the competition.
The Russians have since appealed this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Last night, however, captains Andy Robertson and Robert Lewandowski threw their support behind a hastily organized fundraising game in Hampden which could see a significant six-figure sum raised for UNICEF’s UK appeal. United for Ukraine.
Tickets will go on sale at 1pm on Tuesday March 15 – exclusively for Scotland Supporters Club members – before going on general sale at 1pm on Thursday March 17.
For every ticket sold, £10 will be donated to UNICEF UK’s Ukraine Emergency Appeal, and supporters will have the option to make an additional donation if they wish during the purchase process of the ticket, with a special donation button on the web page directed to UNICEF. The call from the UK.
A sold-out Hampden would mobilize a significant six-figure contribution to UNICEF UK’s Ukraine Appeal. The organizers will announce other ways in which supporters can support fundraising in the build-up to the match.
Scotland captain Robertson said: “As a father, the images of children in Ukraine have been heartbreaking to watch.” I am a proud UNICEF Ambassador and when we were informed that the game against Ukraine would be postponed, working in partnership with Robert and the Polish team to do our part to help the situation was a no brainer.
“We send our love and prayers to our fellow participants in the Ukrainian football community and hope that the money raised from this game will help the tremendous efforts already made by UNICEF in Ukraine and to help the situation of refugees.”
Still awaiting an exact date in June for the postponed Ukrainian barrage, SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell urged the Tartan Army to raise a significant sum, saying: “It goes without saying that our thoughts go to the Ukrainian people.” All issues related to football are insignificant next to what the people of this country experience.
Andy Robertson (pictured) and Poland’s Robert Lewandowski gave their support for a game between Scotland and Poland
“Together with our counterparts in the Polish FA, we hope to use this friendly international as our chance to show our solidarity with a country and its people, while raising as much money as possible to help them in the process.”
Scotland boss Steve Clarke will name his squad for the match against Poland and a second friendly against the losers of the semi-final play-off between Wales and Austria five days later.
Newcastle’s Ryan Fraser is under consideration for his first call-up since his international future was thrown into doubt in November when he trained with the Newcastle club just days after pulling out of the squad to a World Cup qualifier against Moldova.
Bologna’s Aaron Hickey is another being discussed by the Scottish management team ahead of today’s announcement.
The SFA will donate £10 from every ticket to UNICEF’s Ukraine emergency fund as football continues to show support for the country
Admitting the games have been put into some perspective by events in Eastern Europe, Clarke said: “We have seen wonderful examples of individuals and groups within Scottish rally football with their own contributions to the situation in recent weeks.” Supported by UNICEF, this game is a way for all Scottish football fans to come together in solidarity and support our friends in Ukraine.
“As many have said before, football doesn’t matter when you see the situation in Ukraine. I know Scottish fans and players will rally together to show that the power of football can have a positive impact even in situations as desperate as the one currently facing Ukraine.
Scotland Supporters Club members can purchase tickets from £5 for juniors and £20 for adult members from 1pm on Tuesdays.
Sales will then open to the general public on Thursday with junior prices for individual matches starting at £5 and adult prices starting at £25.