Real Madrid, Porto latest European clubs to donate to growing refugee crisis
The European soccer world is pitching in to assist the rapidly escalating refugee crisis across the continent.
Real Madrid is the latest super club to announce a donation, with a €1 million ($1.1 million) sum being portioned to help refugees arriving in Spain.
The club said in a statement, “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.”
Clubs around Europe are chipping in to help in any ways that they can. A few days ago Bayern Munich also announced a €1 million donation as well as meals, German language classes, and a soccer training camp for refugees after images of a Munich train station jam-packed with refugees shone the spotlight on the growing issue in the country. Portuguese club FC Porto, in an open letter to UEFA, called on all 32 remaining Champions League clubs to donate €1 for every European ticket sold to the cause. Celtic donated all proceeds from its recent friendly against Dunfermline to refugee charities.
FIFA itself has yet to announce any kind of donation, but the club with a $1.5 billion cash reserve fund did donate $200,000 back in 2013 to Syrian refugees near the Jordanian border.