Charities to share in Champions League ticket sales

September 8, 2015

GENEVA (AP) Europe's top football clubs will give millions of dollars to charities supporting migrants trying to enter the continent.

The European Club Association says its members agreed to give 1 euro ($1.11) for every ticket sold to this month's Champions League and Europa League matches.

The promise commits 80 clubs to donate money from its first home match in the group stage.

Announcing the pledge, ECA chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says ''this is a serious and big problem we have to face now in Europe and I believe football has a kind responsibility for these poor people.''

Rummenigge says up to 3 million euros ($3.3 million) could be raised, with other members invited to contribute.

The idea was first proposed by FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa.