Scottish and German football fans show refugee solidarity

By Simon Barrow
September 7, 2015

Scotland supporters will display a “Refugees Welcome” banner before tonight’s UEFA European Championship Qualifying match against Germany at Hampden Park in Glasgow, in support and identification with the actions of football supporters across Germany.

The display will give Germany and Scotland fans the opportunity to express their support and solidarity for those affected by the refugee crisis.

Organised by the Scottish Football Supporters Association (SFSA) and with the support of Unison Scotland, Unite the Union and United Glasgow FC, the banner will be unfurled at 6.30 pm at Queens Park Pavilion in Lesser Hampden.

Scotland fans are being urged to get involved and to show their support by carrying the banner in honour of the thousands of refugees fleeing conflicts in Syria, Eritrea, Sudan and elsewhere every day.

Those taking part in the informal vigil will also be handing out leaflets and asking people to take a 'selfie' with the “Refugees Welcome” slogan to tweet and share on all social media channels.

The aim is to show the UK Government that Scotland fully supports helping those in dire need of our help.

The hashtags to use and follow are #refugeeswelcome and #reclaimthegame, to make sure the message is spread as far and wide as possible.Keep an eye on these social media channels for all updates and further information: https://twitter.com/scottishfsa on Twitter and https://www.facebook.com/scottishfsa on Facebook

* Scottish Football Supporters Association (SFSA): http://scottishfsa.org/

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© Simon Barrow is co-director of Ekklesia, and also interim chair of the Scottish Football Supporters Association (SFSA).

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