Bayern Munich reveal plans to help refugees in Germany
Last Updated: 03/09/15 3:19pm
Bayern Munich have announced plans to play a friendly to raise money and set up a training camp for the country's refugees.
Germany is at the heart of the humanitarian crisis currently gripping Europe, with 800,000 asylum seekers expected in the country this year - four times more than in 2014.
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.
And the Bundesliga champions have released a statement to outline their role in helping deal with the situation, including providing German language classes, food and football equipment.
FC Bayern München will additionally provide one million euros from a friendly match for refugee projects.
Official statement from Bayern Munich
"Germany is experiencing the greatest influx of refugees for many decades," said the statement on the club website. "This is a particular challenge for the state and society, a challenge for all people.
"Bayern plans through its youth department, in the coming weeks a 'training camp' set up for refugees.
"FC Bayern München will additionally provide one million euros from a friendly match for refugee projects. The selection of the refugee projects will be taken in consultation with the Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann and Munich's Mayor Dieter Reiter.
"At the next home game on September 12 against FC Augsburg, our players will enter with a German child and a refugee child's hand in the Allianz Arena, and thus set an example for the integration of refugees."
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: "Bayern sees it as its social responsibility to help the refugees, needy children, women and men, to help them and to accompany them in Germany."
Herrmann said of the club's announcement: "This is a very great and exemplary action that I very much welcome and support - another great sign of the great helpfulness and welcoming culture in our country."