Everton offer free tickets to Ukrainian refugees for Dynamo Kyiv Friendly
Dynamo Kyiv are touring Europe to promote the cause of Ukraine after the Russian invasion that ruined millions of lives. Dynamo have played games across the continent over the past few months and travel to England next week to meet Everton at Goodison Park.
The Ukrainian giants have played in France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Turkey and Romania, among others. All money from their games went to charities supporting war victims and refugees. The initiative for the tour belonged to Dynamo manager Mircea Lucescu, who began making efforts to make it happen shortly after Putin’s troops invaded on February 24.
“It’s really important that people around the world don’t forget what’s happening in Ukraine,” Lucescu told Online Gambling.
“We try to make a statement through our football. It’s really important that people are together during these times,” he said.
“It’s not just football fans who attend these games. Refugees come to be with their loved ones. Also charities are supported through these events. Football can move hearts and inspire hope “, concluded Lucescu.
For the July 29 friendly, Everton will offer free tickets to Ukrainian refugees. The Merseyside club have announced that all proceeds from the game, including donations from fans, will go to humanitarian charities supporting Ukraine. The club also contributed with a $600,000 donation to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal in March.
Dynamo hope to reach Champions League group stage
Almost eight months after playing their previous official match, Dynamo kicked off their campaign with a 0-0 draw against Fenerbahçe in the Champions League second qualifying round.
The clash took place in Lodz, Poland, with the second leg set to take place in Istanbul on Wednesday.
Dynamo are at +270 to reach the third qualifying phase of the Champions League, while Fenerbahce are at -500.
Ukraine’s domestic season is set to start next month in the west of the country and in Kyiv, with no spectators allowed at matches.
Dynamo reached the Champions League group stage in 2020 and 2021. In February, the Ukrainian league was shut down following the Russian invasion, with all results canceled for last season domestically.