Bayern to donate funds, set up migrants' training camp

anners with "Refugees welcome" or "Welcome to Germany" were visible in almost every Bundesliga match last week (AP)

Bayern Munich will donate one million euros to help migrants and will set up a training camp for those arriving in Munich, as the number coming to the city rises.

"FC Bayern see it as its social responsibility to help those fleeing and suffering children, women and men, to support them and accompany them in Germany," Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in a statement through Bayern’s official website.

Bayern's youth academy will set up the training camp for kids, in conjunction with the city of Munich and a it will also offer meals and German language classes.

The senior team will be accompanied by migrant children when they enter the pitch for their next home game against Augsburg on Sept. 12 with the club also planning a friendly with one million euros of revenue going towards helping migrants.

"FC Bayern is taking a stand and I am happy about the club's involvement That is why I happily approved the city's support," Munich mayor Dieter Reiter said.

The wave of people arriving in Europe and Germany has sparked an outpouring of sympathy and acts of solidarity in the country from clubs and football fans alike.

Banners with "Refugees welcome" or "Welcome to Germany" were visible in almost every Bundesliga match last week while many teams have also invited migrants to watch their games from the stands.

The German football association (DFB) on Wednesday issued a video message condemning any attacks on migrants or on their accommodation in Germany as well as any form of xenophobia. A friendly game against a "Refugees United" team next week is also planned with DFB employees.

with REUTERS

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