Arsenal and Chelsea make Grenfell Tower cash pledge

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Arsenal and Chelsea will donate their fee for participating in the FA Community Shield to those tragically affected by last week’s Grenfell Tower fire.

It is hoped that the match, which will be played on 6 August, will raise as much as £1.25 million and provide an opportunity for both clubs and their respective supporters to pay their respects to the victims and the emergency services who showed so much courage and bravery in the face of the disaster.

Arsenal have also confirmed that supporters purchasing tickets to the match (they aren’t yet on sale) will be given a chance to donate an optional £5 when they buy their match ticket.

On behalf of the club, CEO Ivan Gazidis said: “With the rest of the nation, Arsenal Football Club was shocked by the incident at Grenfell Tower and our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragedy.

“The club stands side by side with Chelsea in reaching out to the community and expressing our support and solidarity for those who have lost friends and family, their homes and their sense of security in the wake of this tragic event.

“We also pay tribute to our city’s emergency services who showed immense courage and bravery. We play the FA Community Shield on Sunday, August 6, with the victims and the heroes of this terrible tragedy close to our hearts.”

Well done Arsenal. Well done Chelsea.

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In light of the tragedy, we here at Arseblog are doing our little bit to help fundraise for those affected.

We’ve donated a signed hardback copy of “Together: The Story Of Arsenal’s Unbeaten Season” to the Authors for Grenfell Tower campaign.

Simply follow this link and leave your bid in the comment section. We’re pretty humbled to see that it’s already hit the £130 mark.

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17 Comments on "Arsenal and Chelsea make Grenfell Tower cash pledge"

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Pedant

Good to hear. It’s not like the club or players aren’t short of a few bob.

pongogogo

Class from both clubs. Well done everybody.

AllGunsABlazin

That’s what a charity game is all about. Class from the lads and Chelsea too.

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Brilliant stuff, football is such a big part of people’s lives in this country and gestures like this have more than just financial worth, good on both clubs. Loved Hector’s £50 a minute played pledge too

bob davis

Brilliant! I hope they knock down the tower and rebuild it to a safe standard.

B B

£130. Wow. I’m choked.

pedro

Maybe ask John Terry to take his clit out your mouth

Original Paul

Are you preparing a large late bid then B B??? Or are you…

Tasmanian Jesus

Small tip for you in the future, respect the people who donate or work for something like this, no matter the amount, and stop being a smartass.

Jam

Well played both teams!

Wright on the money

Well done both teams but the government should be helping espically that miserable bitch that is in charge.

Wright on the money

Thumbs down means you voted for her and the country to be fucked up.

PatJ

Or that you think there is enough political shouting on the internet and there is no urgent need for it here, on this great site.

Smoot

I would just like to add, on a footballing note. Next to this tragic event i play football at the Westway football pitches which has become a logistics/help centre since the tragedy. There are kids on those pitches at a good age that could def make it if given the chance. Most that i come across and have played with are playing for semi pro clubs and have offers abroad but really want to make it in the UK. I hope our scouts are down there a few nights a week watching some of these guys because they are proper street footballers playing physical games against older men and playing good football with some great feet. Rip to the victims, we show our class as a club as always.

Dave

Well done both clubs

Determined Culture

That’s the number 1 resson why i love arsenal- compassion.

Dan Hunter

Brilliant sentiment and gesture from both clubs. I can’t help but think the owners of the two respective clubs have wealth dripping from the ears and they can easily throw a drop of their vast oceans in the victims’ direction. Alas, it seems generosity is generally negatively correlated with wealth.

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