The men's national team will now play Poland with proceeds going to help UNICEF's emergency appeal.
Tickets to a Scotland men’s international football match could be set to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for humanitarian work in Ukraine amid continuing violence in the country.
The Scottish FA announced on Monday that they would be holding a fundraising match with Poland at Hampden next week.
The friendly, to be held on Thursday, March 24, will see a £10 donation from each ticket sold supporting UNICEF’s humanitarian response in Ukraine.
The match was arranged following FIFA’s decision to postpone the World Cup Play-Off Semi-Final against Ukraine due to the ongoing conflict, and the cancellation of Poland’s scheduled tie with Russia.
Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell: “It goes without saying that our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine. All football-related matters pale into insignificance next to what the people of that country are experiencing.
“Along with the counterparts at the Polish FA, we hope to use this friendly international as our chance to show solidarity with a country and its people, while raising as much money to help them as we can in the process.”
The respective national team captains are encouraging football fans to come together to fill Hampden and raise crucial funds to support UNICEF’s emergency appeal.
Andy Robertson, who is also a UNICEF ambassador, and Robert Lewandowski, said they hoped the money raised could help the refugees fleeing Ukraine.
For every ticket sold, £10 will be donated to UNICEF UK’s emergency appeal for Ukraine, and supporters will have the opportunity to make an additional donation if they wish during the ticket purchase process, with a special donate button on the web page directing to UNICEF UK’s appeal.
Tickets will go on sale at 1pm on Tuesday, March 15 – exclusively to Scotland Supporters Club members – before going on general sale at 1pm on Thursday, March 17.
The emergency appeal raises essential funds to support families and their children within Ukraine, and those that have been displaced to neighbouring countries, but ensuring child health and protection services are sustained and families have clean water and nutritious food.
The Scotland captain said: “As a father, the images of children in Ukraine has been heart-breaking to watch. When we were informed that the match against Ukraine would be postponed then working in partnership with Robert and the Polish squad to do our bit to help the situation was a no-brainer.
“We send our love and prayers to our fellow participants across Ukraine’s football community and hope that the money raised by this match will help the tremendous efforts already made by UNICEF in Ukraine and in helping the refugee situation.”
Scotland Men’s National Team head coach Steve Clarke said: “We’ve seen wonderful examples of individuals and groups within Scottish football rally with their own contributions towards the situation in recent weeks.
“With the support of UNICEF, this match is a way for all Scottish football fans to unite in solidarity and support our friends in Ukraine.
“As many have already said, football is unimportant when you see the situation in Ukraine. I know that the Scotland supporters and the players will rally to show that the power of football can have a positive impact even during such desperate situations as the one faced in Ukraine at present.”
The charity said this money raised in the coming week would allow UNICEF to continue its critical work.
Jon Sparkes, chief executive at The UK Committee for UNICEF, said: “The escalating conflict in Ukraine continues to pose an immediate threat to the lives and wellbeing of the country’s 7.5 million children. The situation is deteriorating, with more families every day forced to leave their homes in search of safety. That is why we are intensifying our action on the ground.
“Being involved in this fundraising friendly allows us to continue our aid for those that need it most. In practical terms this means providing children and their families with access to clean water and nutritious food and making sure that child health and protection services are sustained.”