Porto President calls for gate donations for migrant victims

Porto President
FC Porto have called on the giants of European football to stand up and be counted by donating money to help ease the migrant crisis.

The Portuguese made this plea after a public letter was issued to UEFA President Michel Platini on Friday afternoon, in which he invited the 32 clubs in the Champions League to give up a percentage of their gate receipts during the first two game weeks of the competition.

The letter from Porto President Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa read: ‘The football family has a long tradition in solarity and social responsibility, so it is impossible to close our eyes to the drama of the migrants and refugees that are trying to enter in the European soil.

‘FC Porto, through UEFA would like to invite the 31 clubs currently in the Group Stage of the Champions League to put their efforts together and donate one euro per ticket sold for the first two match days. This would allow each club to have one home match to gather the donation.’

‘The forthcoming campaign of the UEFA Champions League can be even more successful if we put our efforts together. Let’s play for the migrants!’

Porto’s plea follows the initiative taken by Bayern Munich on Thursday, when the German side pledged to donate €1million in emergency aid for the refugees and set up a training camp, where refugee children will be able to train, eat, take German classes and be provided with kit.

Celtic, meanwhile, will donate the proceeds from a charity game against Dunfermline this weekend to an international aid agency.

The Premier League and its member clubs are yet to reveal their intentions.