Young Migrants Applauded by 75,000 Fans Before German Game

Young migrants accompanied Bayern Munich players onto the pitch and were applauded by 75,000 fans before a Bundesliga game.

Published: 12th September 2015 10:51 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th September 2015 10:51 PM   |  A+A-

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Munich players Douglas Costa, third left, and Xabi Alonso arrive with refugee children before the match between FC Bayern Munich and FC Augsburg at the Allianz Arena in Munich.| AP

By AP

MUNICH : Young migrants accompanied Bayern Munich players onto the pitch and were applauded by 75,000 fans before a Bundesliga game Saturday.

The players held hands with a young migrant on one side and a German child on the other for what the club says was "a symbol for the integration of refugees."

Some of the kids waved shyly to the crowd while others simply soaked it all in. The children, whose nationalities were not immediately disclosed, were applauded by Bayern and Augsburg fans alike.

Bayern, like many German clubs, has offered support to people fleeing war and poverty. The club is donating 1 million euros ($1.1 million) to refugee projects and arranging a training camp to give youths German lessons, meals and soccer equipment.

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