Football: Community Shield proceeds will go towards Grenfell Tower fire victims

A woman cries as she tries to locate a missing relative suspected of being affected by the massive fire that engulfed Grenfell Tower, a residential block on June 14, 2017 in west London.
A woman cries as she tries to locate a missing relative suspected of being affected by the massive fire that engulfed Grenfell Tower, a residential block on June 14, 2017 in west London.PHOTO: AFP

BRITAIN (REUTERS) - Proceeds from a clash between London football giants Arsenal and Chelsea will go to support people caught up in the Grenfell Tower fire, the English Football Association (FA) said on Friday.

Officials said they were hoping to raise "in the region of £1.25 million (S$2.2 million)" when FA Cup winners Arsenal take on Premier League champions Chelsea for the 2017 Community Shield at Wembley Stadium on Aug 6.

At least 79 people died after a fire broke out in the 24-storey social housing block in Kensington, west London last week.

"Like the rest of the country, we were all deeply saddened ... Whilst only a football match, we hope that in some small way through the Community Shield we can help," FA chairman Greg Clarke said in a statement.

"Two great London clubs will come together to play at the city's most famous stadium just a few miles from Kensington. They will be united in their passion for football, grief at this tragic loss and support for their community," he added.