Chelsea legend Tore Andre Flo made a special appearance at Gillette Stadium ahead of the club’s charity match against New England Revolution in May.
The club ambassador attended the MLS match Saturday when the Revs faced off against Minnesota United. Before the game, Flo served as honorary captain, tossed the coin to start the match, and exchanged jerseys with New England captain and former Chelsea player, Michael Mancienne.
Flo’s appearance helps promote the 15 May match in Foxborough, Mass., which is dubbed ‘The Final Whistle on Hate'. The event is part of a broader initiative from the club to combat antisemitism and promote equality and tolerance.
The initial idea for the match was developed by club owners Roman Abramovich and Robert Kraft in light of a global rise in antisemitic activity, and both men will donate $1 million in support of the cause.
'As a player and a fan, it’s great that two clubs from different countries are coming together to take on a serious issue,' Flo said. 'The players, staff and supporters from both teams are working hard to educate others and spread the message of equality. It’s wonderful to see.'
Proceeds from ticket sales from 'The Final Whistle on Hate' will go toward a number of organisations, including the World Jewish Congress, the Tree of Life synagogue, the Anti-Defamation League and the Holocaust Educational Trust.
Fans can purchase tickets to the game via Ticketmaster and via Revolutionsoccer.net. Special discounts on group tickets are available, with dedicated sections for Chelsea supporters behind one of the goals and behind Chelsea’s bench.