Chelsea will host a charity football match for Ukraine this summer, it has been revealed.
Stamford Bridge will host a celebrity match named ‘Game 4 Ukraine’ on August 5, a week before the start of the 2023-24 Premier League season, as Standard Sport exclusively reported back in March.
The project will generate funds for the repair of the Mykhailo-Kotsiubynsky Lyceum in Chernihiv Oblast, a school in northern Ukraine hit by missiles last year amid the continuing conflict with Russia.
Arsenal defender Oleksandr Zinchenko and Ukraine football great Andriy Shevchenko, the former Chelsea striker, who will act as team captains for the star-studded event, pitched the concept to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Both Zinchenko and Shevchenko are ambassadors for UNITED24, Ukraine’s official fundraising website.
Chelsea to host a charity match involving all-time greats, with sides led by Arsenal stars Oleksandr Zinchenko and Andriy Shevchenko
There are still unknown football players in the game. The top players and coaches in the world, with several famous people and Chelsea players, are likely to take part.
Additionally, Ukraine will offer free live telecast of the event.
“I fully support the initiative of Andriy Shevchenko and Zinchenko to hold a charity match in London,” President Zelensky stated.
“The Game4Ukraine at Stamford Bridge is an opportunity for the football community around the world to come together, show solidarity, help Ukraine, and assist our children in getting back to school.”
“We discussed a charity match for Ukraine with President Zelenskyy a year ago. I thought it when I became the first ambassador of UNITED24,” Shevchenko added. Such an event required time to plan.
“The game for Ukraine and sake of Ukraine will be played in a stadium that I am very familiar with.”