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Refugee Crisis

Posted on 11 September 2015  - 19:00

We are pleased to confirm that we are supporting the European Club Association’s '90 MINUTES FOR HOPE' initiative surrounding the refugee crisis.

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This initiative involves ECA member clubs participating in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League group stages donating one Euro from every ticket sold for their first home match in the group stage to help those affected by the ongoing conflict.

This will apply to our Europa League Group J opener against Qarabag next Thursday.

Additionally as part of a Premier League-wide initiative, the traditional “Get On with the Game” flag that is displayed when teams emerge ahead of kick-off will be replaced with a banner from Save the Children - an international organisation committed to providing relief for young people affected by the crisis - promoting the appeal for our next home league fixture against Crystal Palace on Sunday, September 20.

The Club has been and will continue to be involved in supporting Syrian refugees in camps. Members of our Global Coaching team are working with the Premier League, along with coaches from all other top-flight clubs, on their Premier Skills coaching and education projects for Syrian refugees. One such project was undertaken in Cairo, Egypt, last year.

The Premier League has also been in talks with Prince Ali of Jordan and his colleagues on the Asia Football Development Project with a view to running similar courses in Syrian refugee camps in Jordan in the latter months of 2015. Coaches from our Global Coaching team will again have direct involvement along with their counterparts from other Premier League clubs.