Chelsea FC have announced their last preseason friendly as they take part in a charity tournament in Turkey to benefit the families of victims of a mine explosion last May. Chelsea will face Besiktas and Fenerbahce in the tournament and all the proceeds will go to the families. Here is the official statement from the Chelsea official website below:
Chelsea Football Club today finalises our pre-season calendar by announcing we will be taking part in a mini-tournament in Turkey.
Jose Mourinho’s side will play two 45-minute matches as we line up against hosts Fenerbahçe and their Istanbul neighbours Besiktas at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium on Friday 8 August. The competition precedes our friendly against Ferencvaros, which takes place in Budapest on Sunday 10 August.
All proceeds from the mini-tournament will go towards helping the victims and families of those who suffered when an explosion at a mine in Soma on 13 May killed 301 people, the worst disaster of its kind Turkey has suffered.
The tournament, organised by IMG-Dogus AS, will run in a mini-league format, with one point awarded for a draw and three for a win. The team with the highest number of points after all matches have been played will be crowned winners of the competition.
The added date will provide Mourinho with his first opportunity to utilise the full squad following the return of our remaining World Cup players.
There will be familiar opposition on show – Demba Ba joined Besiktas earlier this month while our former midfielder Raul Meireles is now a central figure for Fenerbahçe, who are the current Turkish champions.
Chelsea has been provided with a small ticket allocation for travelling supporters. Selling details will be announced next week.
This is yet another example of Chelsea doing good work in the world of charity as they squeeze in this last preseason match just 10 days before their first Premier League match on Monday August 18th.
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