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Arsenal Launch Ukraine Fans’ Club After Russia’s Invasion

Posted on 11 March 2022 by Josh Sim

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Arsenal have launched their first Arsenal Ukraine Supporters’ Club in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The club announced today that it has formed the group after a suggestion from fans and have asked their support to donate whatever they can after joining.

In a press release, the Gunners’ CEO Vinai Venkatesham said: “Everyone at Arsenal stands in solidarity with the people affected by the crisis in Ukraine.

“We’re encouraging our fans from around the world to join in solidarity.”

They have also donated to Save the Children’s DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, and plan to show solidarity ahead of Sunday’s match at home to Leicester City.

“The conflict in Ukraine is forcing children and families into basements and bomb shelters to escape explosions”, said Venkatesham.

“Many families are being forced to flee their homes and cross into nearby countries with minimal possessions.

“They need help with shelter, food and the most basic human necessities.”

It comes after gestures made by other Premier League clubs during the past weekend.

Sunday’s opponents Leicester have been raising funds for The British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal. Their efforts include having volunteers collect money at the King Power Stadium before last Saturday’s match with Leeds United.

Meanwhile, Southampton had 3,000 yellow and blue scarves made specially for fans to show their support for Ukraine. They were made available for their trip to Aston Villa last weekend.

The Saints also wore their yellow-and-blue away kit during the game.

Chief Commercial Officer David Thomas said on the club’s website before the match: “As a club, we felt it was important to recognise the shocking events of the past few weeks and use our platform to show our support for the people of Ukraine.

“We are proud to stand alongside our supporters and partners to promote a message of peace in these difficult times.”

To read further reaction and analysis of Arsenal’s announcement from the Evening Standard’s Arsenal correspondent Simon Collings, click here.