The local organizing committee for the Asian Football Cup, which Qatar will host in early 2024, announced that it will allocate proceeds from ticket sales for the continental championship matches to support relief efforts for the Palestinian people, who are “going through a critical crisis that requires everyone to support and provide various necessary types of support.”
In this regard, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani, Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee for the Asian Cup, stressed the importance of solidarity with the Palestinian people and providing support and assistance to them, and said: “In light of the current circumstances and the difficult conditions that the brotherly Palestinian people are going through, “We made the decision to allocate proceeds from Asian Cup ticket sales to support relief efforts in cooperation with relevant partners,” without giving information about the percentage of assistance allocated from ticket sales.
He added that this initiative “comes to confirm the importance of the role that football plays in the field of social responsibility and its effective contribution outside the green rectangle, and a belief in the power of football and its impact on societies, especially in times of crisis when there is a great need to provide assistance.”
The proceeds will be allocated to provide various basic needs of food and medical supplies in cooperation with the concerned authorities. Qatar is preparing to host the Asian Cup for the third time, as the country previously organized the 1988 and 2011 editions.
24 teams are scheduled to compete for the championship title, and nine stadiums will host the 51 matches within the tournament from January 12 to February 10, 2024.