The outpouring of German compassion for the Syrian refugees was extended to the boardroom of Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on Thursday, the club pledging to set up a training camp for people coming into the country from the war-torn state.
The Bavarian giant also promised to donate 1 million euros for projects to aid refugees.
The German government said on Tuesday it expected to take 800,000 refugees by the end of this year, four times as many as in 2014 and far more than any other European country or the US.
Former national player and current club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said "Bayern sees it as its social responsibility to help the refugees."
The five times European champions will show their support for the displaced Syrians at their next home game on the 12th September, each player to line up holding the hand of a German child and a refugee’s child.
Last weekend, banners were unfurled at grounds around the Bundesliga in support of the refugees.
On Wednesday, British former Foreign Secretary David Miliband lauded German leadership in response to the refugees crisis, noting how Berlin had shown "real humanitarian political leadership that not just Britain but the US simply can’t keep up with.”
On Thursday, Scottish giants Celtic said they would share the proceeds from Jock Stein 30th Anniversary event this weekend to help the Syrian cause. Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said: “Having seen the effects of this humanitarian crisis unfold in recent days, we felt as a club we should help in any way we can."
The Guardian reported on Thursday that some English supporters' clubs are planning to unfurl "refugees welcome" banners at forthcoming matches. Aston Villa and Swindon Town became the first two fan groups to follow the lead of German clubs, a move backed by former Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore.
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