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John Terry Happy Chelsea FC Is Playing In Soma Charity Tournament

Chelsea FC is facing off against Turkish sides Besiktas and Fenerbahce in Istanbul in the Soma Charity Tournament to support the families of victims of the Soma mining disaster that killed 301 people in May of 2014. All proceeds of the tournament will be given to the families and Chelsea have been rumored to take part in a charity event several months after the disaster occurred. There were also conflicting reports about how much of the proceeds would be donated but all the clubs have released statements that all proceeds will be given to those in need.

The Soma Charity Tournament is a mini-tournament with a unique format of three 45-minute matches. Fenerbahce plays Besiktas in the first match then Chelsea faces both teams with Fenerbahce coming first. The team with the most points from the three matches is declared the winner of the tournament but that does not effect the allocation of the donation money.

John Terry on the Soma Charity Tournament and facing two good clubs in Fenerbahce and Besiktas:

“First and foremost us going there is to support the charity and the families that suffered. From that aspect it’s for a great cause. From the club’s perspective it sends the right message that we’re supporting and going there to hopefully help the families.

It tells you about the power of football. Regardless of what happens in football, what team you support, there are certain things in life when everyone comes together. It’s an opportunity for not only Chelsea but the other sides involved as well to come together and hopefully raise some money for the families and show we all support this cause.

We are playing two very good sides so it will be good competition which is what we need before our season kicks off. It’ll be two very intense 45-minute games. It’s a bit different to what we are used to but to cram it in and get the games in is a good format really. It’ll serve a purpose for us pre-season.

It’s a very passionate, hostile atmosphere there. Obviously Didier is back so he knows all about that. Demba’s there now as well. It’s going to be a good test for us and we have had some good tests so far and we’re looking forward to getting some more games under our belt.”

This is another example of Chelsea Football Club going above and beyond what is required or asked of a football club. We suspect that Didier Drogba had something to do with the club’s involvement in the Soma Charity Tournament but regardless of the reason why it is still a fantastic thing to do.

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