FC Barcelona has added its name to the project being organised by the ECA (European Clubs Association) in support of the refugees that have arrived in Europe, by which the Club will donate one euro for every ticket that it sells for tonight’s Champions League match at the Camp Nou against Bayer Leverkusen. The ECA will be pooling all of the donations and forwarding the proceeds to the different European organisations working to help the refugees.
The initiative, known as 90 Minutes for Hope, was proposed at the last General Assembly of the ECA on September 8 in Geneva. The Executive Board, on which FC Barcelona is represented by its president Josep Maria Bartomeu, called on each of the 32 clubs in the Champions League and the 48 in the Europa League to make a donation of one euro for every ticket sold for the first European fixture played in their home stadiums this season. Clubs that are not involved in UEFA competitions can also join the project by making donations on ticket sales for matches in their domestic league or cup competitions.
This donation is one of many actions that the Club is promoting to support the refugees, following on from the Tant se val d’on venim campaign being run by the FC Barcelona Foundation in collaboration with the Red Cross, the charity organisation that is working to get assistance to the refugees. The campaign was launched on occasion of the Liga match at home to Levante on September 20 and will be continued over the following months. The programme is based around three core areas of action: fundraising, social awareness and the integration of new arrivals.