The Socceroos will donate part of their match fees from the FIFA Men’s World Cup qualifier against Palestine to humanitarian efforts in Gaza.
Australia and Palestine will meet at a neutral venue in Kuwait on Wednesday (AEDT) due to ongoing conflict in the Middle East after the Socceroos kick-started their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 7-0 rout of Bangladesh in Melbourne on Thursday.
The upcoming fixture in Palestine was only recently moved to a new venue amid safety concerns.
As Graham Arnold’s side look to make it two wins from two games, the Socceroos are making a pledge.
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Through the PFA’s Footballers’ Trust, the Socceroos and the PFA will redirect a percentage of the players’ match fees towards Oxfam’s humanitarian efforts in Gaza following the FIFA World Cup qualifier against Palestine.
Football Australia (FA) will also match the donation of the players.
“What we do have control over is our performance and playing against Palestine and going out and getting the job done for Australia,” Arnold said following Thursday’s victory at AAMI Park.
“We’re very sympathetic for everyone with what’s going on, but again, it’s a game of football and that brings a lot of joy to everybody.”