It was confirmed back in November last year that Chelsea will travel to Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA to face Major League Soccer (MLS) side New England Revolution for a post-season charity friendly as part of the club’s Say No To Antisemitism campaign. When announced, the match did not have a set date and was scheduled only for ‘Spring 2019’.
But as of today, that has now changed. Chelsea announced on their website that the match will now take place at the Gillette Stadium – home of the current and six-time Super Bowl champions New England Patriots – on 15th May 2019, with kick-off set for 8pm EDT (1am UK time).
The match – which has been called the ‘Final Whistle on Hate’ – has been set up to highlight and help eradicate the on-going rise of hate crimes around the world. Both clubs are hoping that the match, which takes three days after the end of the 2018/19 Premier League season, will help ‘harness the power of sport in bringing people together to tackle hate and prejudice in all its forms.’
Should Chelsea reach the Europa League Final, the match in America will not be an issue as the final – at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan – will be taking place on 29th May.
Proceeds from the game – in addition to $1 million being personally pledged by the two clubs’ owners, Roman Abramovich and Robert Kraft – will be benefiting various anti-discrimination organizations, including the World Jewish Congress, the Tree of Life synagogue, the Anti-Defamation League and the Holocaust Educational Trust. Further initiatives to combat antisemitism will be announced closer to the game.
Tickets will go on sale in ten days, on 15th March.