Posted on January 26, 2011

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and Qatar Football Associations (QFA) will donate revenue accruing from ticket sales of the Asian Cup semi-finals to victims of floods in Australia, Sri Lanka and Thailand, a media statement from Qatar Local Organizing Committee (QLOC) announced Tuesday.

A joint statement issued by AFC President Mohamed bin Hammam and QFA President Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani called for joining hands to alleviate the suffering of the flood-stricken in the three Asian countries. "Our thoughts and wishes go to all those who suffer in our fellow Asian nations of Australia, Thailand and Sri Lanka, recently struck by flooding and national disasters.

"It is the joint decision of the AFC and QFA/QLOC for the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011 to offer the proceeds of the semi-final matches to a disaster relief fund in order to help those affected. Our condolences are offered to those who have lost their loved ones during these tragic events," the joint statement said.