Written by Staff Writer
06 Sep, 2015 | 5:04 pm
Spanish giant Real Madrid has become the latest football club to come to the aid of refugees arriving in Europe after announcing it will donate €1 million ($1.1 million) to help displaced people taken in by Spain.
“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,” read a statement published on the Real Madrid’s website Saturday.
The president of the 10-time European Cup winners, Florentino Perez, confirmed the move after discussing the issue with Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy by phone Friday, the club said.
“(Real Madrid) is considering various initiatives and schemes with a special focus placed on the youngest refugees,” the statement continued.
“It will also make some of the club’s infrastructure and sports goods available to the (Spanish government’s) inter-ministerial commission that organizes the system for receiving refugees.”
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, currently on international duty with Portugal, also took to Twitter Friday to weigh in on the issue which has dominated news reports and front pages across the continent in the past week.
“No one at the national team is indifferent to Europe’s refugee crisis. All our thoughts are with those people,” he wrote.
No one at the National Team is indifferent to Europe’s refuggee crisis. All our thoughts are with those people. pic.twitter.com/Gf9wvXEuNJ
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) September 3, 2015
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