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Football Stands Together

16 March 2022

At the 2022 Carabao Cup Final between Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium, the EFL's tribute saw the Football Stands Together message of solidarity launched on screens at Wembley and broadcast to a record domestic TV audience and millions more watching in nearly 180 different territories around the globe, whilst the League and FA combined to see the famous arch lit up in the blue and yellow of Ukraine.

In addition, fans inside Wembley Stadium also paid their own tributes to those affected by the ongoing conflict. 

Ahead of kick-off, EFL Chair Rick Parry explained the duty that football has and how the League's showpiece Final would show its support to the country.

"Sport has a responsibility to do that,” he said, speaking to the EFL’s official channels about planned support and the Football Stands Together message. “We’re going to do it in a very simple and a very dignified way. It’s really important that we show that message because it matters."

Elsewhere, matchdays have seen Clubs across the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two unite to show their support for Ukraine, with the backing of supporters' groups, which will continue into this weekend.

In times of adversity, Football Stands Together, and the people of Ukraine have the full support of the football family.

Colchester United will be dedicating their next home fixture against Forest Green Rovers on Monday 21 March to the support of Ukraine. All gate receipts - without any deductions - will be donated towards helping refugees, whilst U's players will don a special strip.

Bristol Rovers have designed a new product to support fundraising efforts. The new mug features the Rovers shirt re-worked into the colours of the Ukrainian flag and all proceeds from the sale of these will be put towards Ukraine support.

Sunderland have auctioned off the Black Cats' blue and yellow away trip following their game against Crewe Alexandra to raise money for the people of Ukraine.

Additional photography: Bradford City AFC and Thomas Gadd Photography

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