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This Is What One Of The World's Biggest Football Clubs Is Doing To Help Refugees

Bayern Munich are raising €1 million for refugees, as well as offering food and tuition.

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Last weekend, photos of German football fans holding "refugees welcome" were seen and shared by football fans across the world.

Amazing, inspiring scenes at Germany's football grounds this weekend. "Refugees welcome" Via @markito0171

Now, after the fan-led movement last week, Germany's biggest club, Bayern Munich, has announced that it will work with the German government to help refugees in Munich and Bavaria.

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The club is taking the unprecedented step of holding training sessions for younger refugees. Children and teenagers will also receive German lessons from the club, and will be offered food and clothes.

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The club said in a statement:

Germany is currently experiencing its greatest influx of refugees for many decades. This presents a special challenge to the state and society. FC Bayern München will play an active part in meeting the challenge and, working closely with the city of Munich and state of Bavaria, contribute financial, material and practical help.

A friendly match has also been organised to raise €1 million in charity for refugees who have made the journey to Germany.

“We at FC Bayern consider it our socio-political responsibility to help displaced and needy children, women and men, supporting and assisting them in Germany,” FC Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in a statement.
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“We at FC Bayern consider it our socio-political responsibility to help displaced and needy children, women and men, supporting and assisting them in Germany,” FC Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in a statement.

Despite top tier European football clubs taking a break this weekend in order for international football fixtures to be fulfilled, fans in the UK are signalling their intention to take Germany's lead.

We have our 1st Premier League club! Aston Villa fans will put up a #RefugeesWelcome banner away at Leicester. Top-level example being set!

On 12th September, Aston Villa will become the first club in the English Premier League whose fans will demonstrate support for the #RefugeesWelcome campaign, with fans of more clubs also expected to hold banners.

Fans at non-league clubs in the UK did hold similar banners last week, and it is thought fans of League One and League Two clubs (whose football fixtures are not disrupted by international matches) may hold the banners this weekend.

And in Scotland, Celtic have announced their own plans to help refugees.

Celtic offer support over humanitarian crisis, http://t.co/vbSuXts4Ru @FoundationCFC (SC)

The Scottish giants say they will donate proceeds from two events this weekend to an international aid agency.

This weekend is the 30th anniversary of the death of Celtic legend Jock Stein, and the club is holding events to celebrate his life.

Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said in a statement:

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.

Celtic was established as a football club to help people in need and this ethos remains a fundamental part of our club almost 130 years after our formation. None of us can understand the true horrors of this situation but as a club we wanted to show our support for those affected.