FC Shakhtar Donetsk footballers opened a series of charity matches wearing shirts with the names of Ukrainian war-torn cities
Wearing shirts bearing the names of Ukraine cities to have resisted Russian troops and slogans demanding “Stop War”, Shakhtar Donetsk and Olympiakos met on April 9 in a friendly match, the first stop on the Football for Peace Tour.
Around 5,000 spectators, including a few hundred Ukrainian fans, saw the Greek team win 1-0. With tickets selling for 10 euros, all proceeds were donated to charities helping the millions of Ukrainians who have fled their embattled country.
Before the match a moment of silence for the victims of the war took place and Greek foreign minister Nikos Dendias attended the match, saying it was significant for the Ukrainian team to start their tour in Greece.
Shakhtar will continue their tour on April 14 in Gdansk against Lehya, on April 19 in Istanbul against Fenerbahce and May 1 in Split against Hajduk.