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Added September 8th, 2015 by Ian

European soccer clubs to help out refugees
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With no end in sight to the migrant/refugee situation in Europe, several of the continent’s richest soccer teams have chipped in to help out. These include Spain’s Real Madrid, which is the richest club in the world, and Bayern Munich of the German Bundesliga. Real Madrid has donated a million euros to help refugees that have entered Spain while Bayern Munich got the ball rolling by doing the same for German-bound migrants.

Real Madrid released a press statement regarding the situation which said, “Faithful to its commitment to charity, the club has taken this decision with the aim of supporting men, women and children who have been forced to leave their homes in order to flee from war and death.”

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez spoke with Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy about different ways of helping the people. The club decided to donate cash, possibly offer the use of its facilities and to launch charity programs. Bayern Munich was the first club to lend a hand after it was announced that approximately 800,000 people would be seeking asylum in Germany this year. The nation’s top club said it would provide money as well as food, accommodations, football equipment and German lessons.

Bayern Munich plans on holding a charity match to raise money for the newcomers and refugee children will act as player mascots for the game against Augsburg, which will be broadcast to several countries around the world. While all help is definitely appreciated by refugees, these soccer clubs bring in revenues of more than 500 million euros a year and the donations are just a drop in the bucket to them. But clubs with far less cash are also helping out where possible.

Many teams are displaying banners at their games which read “Refugees Welcome.” Another German club, Borussia Dortmund donated a couple of hundred match tickets to refugees for a game and other teams such as FSV Mainz, Dynamo Dresden and Fortuna Dusseldorf have followed suit. In addition, other German teams such as Schalke and Leverkusen have initiated charity programs and are offering refugee youngsters a chance to join their football academies.

In Britain, several English clubs such as Everton and Arsenal have stated they are working with charities to help out refugees and Scottish Premier League champions Glasgow Celtic will be holding a charity match to raise funds. The influx of migrants is quite a controversial one with many debates raging on how the situation should be handled. Some countries are divided in their opinion on the matter as more than a million people from the Balkans, Africa, and Middle East are attempting to relocate to Europe this year as refugees.

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