David Beckham, Rio Ferdinand and Alex Scott ‘among stars lined up for Ukraine charity game’ at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge… just over a year after Roman Abramovich was forced to sell the club after Russia’s invasion
- Game4Ukraine is set to take place at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge on August 5
- Andriy Shevchenko and Oleksandr Zinchenko reportedly will captain teams
- Funds raised will go to president Volodymyr Zelensky’s United24 charity
It will be staged at Chelsea’s home ground just over a year after Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich was forced to sell the club following Vladimir Putin‘s invasion.
The Sun report former England captain Beckham, ex-Three Lions defender turned pundit Ferdinand and TV host Scott will feature in the game.
Former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko and Arsenal’s Oleksandr Zinchenko – both Ukrainians – are tipped to captain the two teams.
Game4Ukraine will raise money for the United24 charity established by the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.
David Beckham has reportedly been lined up to play a part in August’s Game4 Ukraine at Stamford Bridge – which will raise money for victims of the war there
Alex Scott (left) and Rio Ferdinand (right) will also reportedly play a part in August’s event
Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge is set to host the fund-raising Game4Ukraine event in August
Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich was forced to sell Chelsea after the Ukraine invasion
A source told The Sun that Game4Ukraine ‘will be the biggest charity event of the year’ with a ‘huge half-time show’ as well as the match.
It is being organised by Lester Holcombe, whose 2017 Game4Grenfell raised £900,000 for victims of the tower block fire in London.
Abramovich announced his plans to sell Chelsea, the club he bought in 2003, back in March last year – days after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began.
The oligarch put in over £1.5billion to bring considerable success to the Stamford Bridge club during his ownership but was sanctioned over his links to Russian president Putin.
A consortium led by American investor Todd Boehly bought Chelsea for £4.25bn in May last year.