Ukrainian and Irish football fans are to stage a fundraising game to raise money for the Red Cross Ukraine Appeal.
The match will take place at Whitehall Stadium in Dublin on March 25th with Home Farm FC having donated the use of the ground for free.
It is being supported by the FAI and will include fans drawn from a number of Republic of Ireland supporters groups.
2,000 tickets are being made available through the Future Ticketing platform with all fees being waived. For fans who cannot make it to the game but want to donate there is a virtual ticket with all funds going directly to the charity.
“As football fans, we want to offer our support and solidarity to our friends in Ukraine at this awful time and what better way is there to do that than via a football game between Irish supporters and a team of Ukrainians living here in Ireland,” said Chair of the Irish Football Supporters Partnership, John O’Neill.
“For many years we have enjoyed football occasions together and since 2011 we have regularly competed as the Irish team at an annual fans tournament in Lviv where we have made many friends.”
“This is an opportunity for Ireland supporters to offer them real support at a time when they need it and we encourage all Irish fans to row in behind this fundraising game.”
The game will be played on the eve of the FAI Centenary celebration against Belgium at the Aviva Stadium.
“This is a fantastic gesture by our own loyal fans in conjunction with the Ukrainian community in Ireland,” said FAI CEO Jonathan Hill.
“I know fans of the national sides of both countries have always enjoyed a fantastic relationship and this match, which will raise much needed funds for humanitarian relief and the Red Cross appeal, is a fitting product of that relationship. As an Association we wish all involved every success with this initiative.”