Tuesday 23 January 2018

German football fans welcome refugees and invite hundreds to watch match

Welcome: Banners at grounds Photo: TWITTER
Welcome: Banners at grounds Photo: TWITTER

Football fans in Germany have been getting to grips with the European refugee crisis in the best way possible this weekend - by welcoming asylum seekers at their grounds.

Crowds at various different clubs displayed large banners with the message "Refugees Welcome" during their Bundesliga fixtures - and Borussia Dortmund even invited 220 of them along to watch a match.

 The club's official account posted a picture of the new supporters watching Thursday's Europa League tie against Norwegian side Odds Ballklubb - and the extra fans obviously did the trick, as Dortmund won the tie 7 -2.

The invite was part of part of the 'angekommen in Dortmund' scheme - literally meaning 'arrived in Dortmund' - which is part of a wider national initiative to help refugees settle in.

All of the banners around the grounds over the weekend were coordinated efforts as part of the same mass welcome.

Germany has so far taken in more refugees than any other country in Europe, and Chancellor Angela Merkel has been vocal about the need to treat all people arriving in the country as humanely as possible.

It's good to see football supporters taking her at her word.

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