Refugee crisis: FC Porto want all 32 UEFA Champions League clubs to donate €1 from every match ticket to charity

The Portuguese club are the latest to show their generosity

Mark Critchley@mjcritchley
Saturday 05 September 2015 12:18
FC Porto fans unfurl a banner in a Champions League tie
FC Porto fans unfurl a banner in a Champions League tie

FC Porto want clubs competing alongside them in the group stage of the Champions League to donate money from ticket sales to refugee charities.

The idea proposes that €1 from every ticket sold for the first two matchdays of the competition should go towards those fleeing from war-torn countries in the Mediterranean.

In a letter addressed to Uefa chief Michel Platini, the club's president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa said "it is impossible to close our eyes to the drama of the migrants and refugees".

Porto themselves have already committed to implementing the idea for their home match against Chelsea on September 29.

The Portuguese club, who last won the continent's premier club competition under Jose Mourinho in 2004, will go ahead with their donation even if the scheme is not taken up by Uefa.

The news follows similar gestures from other European clubs.

Earlier this week, Bayern Munich announced they would be hosting a refugee 'training camp', offering food, German language lessons and football equipment.

Celtic have also said they will donate the proceeds from today's friendly against Dunfermline to refugee charities.

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