Days after FC Porto sent a letter to UEFA invited the other Champions League clubs to join them in donating €1 for every ticket sold to their first home group stage match, the offer was accepted. Not only did the Champions League clubs accept this, but the Europa League clubs did, too.
"We expect between two and three million euros," Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said after being re-elected as chairman of the European Club Association. "Also, football has a responsibility to these poor people. We are very please that all clubs will participate."
The amount could actually increase from there. The ECA has asked member clubs not participating in the competitions to consider donations as well.
"We happily follow this laudable iniattive by FC Porto," said Borussia Mönchengladbach Managing Director Stephan Schippers. 'Gladbach have sold out their first home match, against Manchester City.
It remains to be seen if more of Europe's richest clubs will join Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, and Paris Saint-Germain in a larger €1 million donation.