EU refugee crisis: Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund show of support for asylum seekers

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Refugee children will walk out with Bayern Munich stars such as Arjen Robben (Source: Getty)

Cheap ticket prices, electric atmospheres and a World Cup-winning team: German football has stood apart from the rest of Europe in recent years and you can now add humanitarianism to its list of appealing qualities.

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German champions Bayern Munich have pledged to donate €1m (£730,000) towards "refugee projects" in the Bavarian area and set up a football training camp - complete with meals and equipment - for refugee children.

Furthermore, 11 refugee children will be given the chance to walk out into Bayern's Allianz Arena with stars such as Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski at the team's next home match.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: "Bayern sees it as his social responsibility to help the refugees, needy children, women and men, to help them and to accompany them in Germany."

Fellow Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund also issued a statement to their official website today titled "No beer for racists", attempting to dispel fears about asylum seekers.

Dortmund defender Neven Subotic, who arrived in Germany as a refugee from the Bosnian war, addressed the situation earlier this week saying: "Prosperity and security cannot be taken for granted and those who live in abundance have a responsibility towards those who are less fortunate. In most countries those people are children."

The supportive stance towards refugees in German football was demonstrated in the stands this weekend with many fans who displayed "Refugees Welcome" banners at stadiums across the country.

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