Middlesbrough FC to donate FA Cup quarter final ticket proceeds to Ukraine

The club has announced its share of gate receipts from the FA Cup sixth round tie against Chelsea will be donated to humanitarian aid in Ukraine. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Middlesbrough FC is donating proceeds raised from tickets sales to the FA Cup quarter final clash against Chelsea to humanitarian aid in Ukraine.

The club said they are doing so "on behalf of the people of Middlesbrough and Teesside".

"Middlesbrough Football Club will donate its share of the gate receipts from the Emirates FA Cup sixth round tie against Chelsea to humanitarian aid in Ukraine," the statement continued.

"The club’s Member of Parliament Andy McDonald will assist with due diligence to ensure best delivery and maximum impact."

This comes after the club hit back against Chelsea FC's "bizarre" claim that the tie should be held behind closed doors for the purpose of preserving "sporting integrity".

On Tuesday, the FA announced Chelsea wanted no fans to attend Saturday's clash at the Riverside after sanctions on Roman Abramovich blocked travelling fans from buying tickets.

After widespread public backlash - and what the FA called "constructive talks" - Chelsea withdrew their request later that day.

"I have been in discussions with Steve Gibson and Middlesbrough Football Club over recent days regarding this very significant and immensely generous donation of Middlesbrough's share of the gate receipts from the Chelsea FA cup tie," commented Andy McDonald following the donation announcement.

"This is very much an expression of solidarity with the people of Ukraine who are suffering unbearably because of the inhumane and barbaric actions of Vladimir Putin. 

"This considerable donation is very much on behalf of the people of Middlesbrough and Teesside who have always welcomed those fleeing the horrors of war and who have already shown such incredible generosity and kindness to the people of Ukraine and will of course continue to do so."