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The friendly match between Scotland and Poland will take place at Hampden Park on March 24 | Soccer News


Scotland will face Poland in a friendly match at Hampden Park on Thursday March 24, with £10 from each ticket sold going towards UNICEF’s emergency fund for Ukraine.

The match replaces the World Cup play-off semi-final against Ukraine, which was postponed to June due to the ongoing war.

Poland were also due to play their semi-final on the day but will travel to Glasgow after FIFA expelled their opponents Russia as punishment for the invasion.

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Robert Lewandowski scored the last time Scotland faced Poland at Hampden Park in a 2-2 draw in 2015

Scotland will also face the loser of Austria or Wales, who meet in Cardiff, in an away friendly five days later.

Captain Andy Robertson said: “As a father, the images of children in Ukraine have been heartbreaking to watch.

“I am a proud UNICEF ambassador and when we were informed that the game against Ukraine would be postponed, working in partnership with Robert and the Polish team to do our part to help the situation was a no-brainer.

“We send our love and prayers to our fellow participants in the Ukrainian football community and hope that the money raised from this game will help the tremendous efforts already made by UNICEF in Ukraine and to help the situation of refugees.”

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Steve Clarke will name his Scottish team on Tuesday

Head coach Steve Clarke – who will name his squad for the double-header on Tuesday – added: “We have seen wonderful examples of individuals and groups within Scottish rally football with their own contributions to the situation. these last weeks.

“With the support of UNICEF, this game is a way for all Scottish football fans to come together in solidarity and support our friends in Ukraine.

“As many have said before, football doesn’t matter when you see the situation in Ukraine. I know Scottish fans and players will rally together to show that the power of football can have a positive impact even in situations as desperate as the one encountered in Ukraine at the present time.

Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell added: “It goes without saying that our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine. All football-related matters are insignificant next to what the people of this country experience.

“Together with our counterparts in the Polish FA, we hope to use this friendly international as our chance to show our solidarity with a country and its people, while raising as much money as possible to help them in the process.”

Shevchenko’s message to Russia: You can stop this war

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Andriy Shevchenko has sent a powerful message to the Russian people, urging them to play their part in ending the war

Former Chelsea and AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko has said football ‘doesn’t exist’ for him amid the current invasion while speaking to Sky Sports News.

Shevchenko’s family refused to leave Ukraine and the 45-year-old remained in London during the conflict to help lead the appeal for humanitarian aid for his country.

“Football no longer exists for me,” Shevchenko said.

“I don’t think about it. Now is not the time for that. I don’t watch anything, any sports, anything.

“All my focus, when I wake up thinking about how I can help my country, what I can do. I started calling my parents, my friends, getting updates on what’s going on. goes to Ukraine.

“For me, that’s my field, that’s my focus now.”




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