MIDDLESBROUGH has announced that it will donate a portion of the proceeds from this weekend’s FA Cup tie against Chelsea to charities in Ukraine.
The Championship side is expected to sell out about 34,000 fans for Saturday night’s game.
And Boro has generously revealed that it will donate part of the proceeds from the border to humanitarian aid in Ukraine amid the Russian invasion.
A club statement read: “On behalf of the people of Middlesbrough and Teesside, Middlesbrough FC will donate the proceeds of the FA Cup sixth round match against Chelsea to humanitarian aid in Ukraine.
“The club’s Member of Parliament Andy McDonald will assist with due diligence to ensure best delivery and maximum impact.”
Middlesbrough have been handed 3,200 extra tickets for Chelsea fans after the Blues were banned from selling them.
The club’s owner, Roman Abramovich was slapped with a sanctions banning him from making any money from the club.
Chelsea have been granted a special license allowing them to operate – but are still banned from selling tickets, merchandise or even players.
The Blues chiefs have begged the Government to allow them to have some supporters in Teesside.
After that request was denied, they cheekily asked for the match to continue without ANY fans ‘because of integrity issues in sport’.
However, the FA confirm Chelsea have agreed to withdraw their outrageous appeal in a humiliating game against U after Middlesbrough promised to ‘resist Chelsea’s actions with the strongest possible terms.’
And Boro boss Chris Wilder has taken the ‘confusing’ decision from Chelsea in the race for tickets.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4, Wilder said: “99.9% of people who loved the game thought ‘what’s going on?’.
“It was certainly a decision that was opposed by everyone with displeasure.
“It’s hard to understand.”
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Meanwhile, Wilder has spoken out about Chelsea’s situation – as Abramovich was only allowed to sell the club after confirming he would not receive any proceeds.
The Middlesbrough chief has surprisingly revealed he has ‘no sympathy’ for the Blues – and points to Macclesfield and Bury, who have been steeped in debt and expelled from the Football League in recent years this.
Wilder stated: “The club is not in danger, is it?
“It’s not a situation like Macclesfield or Bury in the football pyramid.
“It will be for sale and will be bought by a billionaire who will probably invest more money in it.
“They will probably invest in the stadium, invest in the facilities…
“So I don’t think there is – in the world of football – an incredible sympathy for what is happening.
“And I don’t think Chelsea supporters expect that either.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4927421/middlesbrough-chelsea-donate-proceeds-ukraine-wilder/ Middlesbrough donates proceeds from Chelsea clash to Ukraine war aid as Wilder says he has NO sympathy for the Blues