Ukrainian refugees to receive 1,000 FREE tickets for EURO 2024 qualifier against England at Wembley
Ukrainian refugees and sponsor families will receive 1,000 FREE tickets for Sunday’s EURO 2024 qualifier between England and Ukraine at Wembley – 13 months on from Russian invasion
Ukrainian refugees and sponsor families in the UK will be given the opportunity to attend Sunday’s Euro 2024 qualifier between England and Ukraine at Wembley.
The fixture will see 1,000 tickets made available free of charge to those who have fled Russia’s invasion of their home country, as well as the families that have given them refuge.
The FA and Wembley stadium have invited them as special guests to the match, which comes just over a year since Russia’s invasion first began.
The Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB) worked alongside the stadium’s team to offer fans the opportunity to watch their side in action, and as a way of thanking the British families that have opened their doors.
The game is expected to be a sell-out with some 4,200 Ukrainian fans in attendance, although Peter Rewko, chair of the AUGB, anticipates that there will be plenty of away supporters cheering for the home side too.
1,000 tickets have been made available for the match which is expected to be a sell-out
Sponsor families for the 117,000 refugees forced to flee in the wake of Russia’s invasion will also be invited
‘Ukrainians everywhere have been overwhelmed by the kindness and compassion, which has allowed them to flee Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine and find a safe haven in Great Britain to start to rebuild their lives,’ said Rewko.
‘We are immensely grateful to The FA and Wembley Stadium for donating tickets to displaced Ukrainians.
‘They will, of course, be cheering Ukraine, but they will also be celebrating the England team and their supporters for reaching out a hand of true friendship and making the match such a memorable one for them.’
Wembley Stadium director Liam Boylan added: ‘Football has been united in its support for Ukraine and condemnation of the invasion by Russian forces.
‘The invitation to Wembley Stadium is a reaffirmation of our solidarity with Ukrainian supporters currently living here in the UK, and a thank you to all those Britons who have opened up their homes to help them.’
March 2022 saw the launch of the UK government’s Homes for Ukraine Scheme, which saw thousands across the country sign up as hosts for some of the 117,000 Ukrainians forced to flee their nation.
Lillia Mamchur, who was forced to flee in the wake of Russia’s invasion, is set to attend the match along with her sponsor family.
Ukraine’s first match of their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign sees them take on England at Wembley
England won the last meeting between the two 4-0 in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals
Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk’s squad train in Warsaw on the eve of their Europa League game with Rennes
Shakhtar’s Viktor Kornienko has helped Ukraine’s armed forces in their fight against Russia
There has been widespread devastation in the Donetsk region on the frontline of the war
A Ukrainian serviceman fires mortars towards Russian positions near Bakhmut in February
‘We are all looking forward to a great game,’ she said. ‘Times are very hard at the moment, but we see, and feel, the support of the country for Ukraine and Ukrainians.
‘This will be our first ever visit to Wembley Stadium and one of the happiest events in the life of my family.’
Ukraine’s first match of their qualifying campaign comes against the Three Lions – who take on Italy on Thursday – before a June trip to North Macedonia and a clash with Malta.
The last meeting between the pair saw England run out 4-0 winners in the quarter-finals of the delayed Euro 2020 competition, with a brace from skipper Harry Kane, and strikes from Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson.