MUNICH: German champions Bayern Munich have offered their support to refugees arriving in Germany amid the ongoing crisis in Europe.
Bayern announced today that they will offer refugees arriving or already in Germany “financial, material and practical help.”
The club will provide “training camps” for refugees, also offering free food as well as German courses and football kits.
The club will also put €1m towards projects – chosen by the local politicians – with the funds generated from a friendly match.
In addition, Bayern players will be accompanied by a German child on one hand and a young refugee on the other when they take to the pitch for their next home game against Augsburg on September 12 “to set a sign for the integration of refugees.”
Bayern follow in the footsteps of several other German clubs and fan groups who have extended a greeting to refugees amid severe tension in Germany over the treatment of those forced to flee war-torn areas in search of asylum.
Last week several supporter groups from Bundesliga clubs displayed “Refugees welcome” banners on the stands of the stadiums.
The German national team this week released a video featuring Jerome Boateng, Ilkay Gundogan, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Ozil and Toni Kroos standing up against “violence and xenophobia” in response to scores of attacks on refugee homes that have taken place this year.