Banner to show refugee support unveiled at Hampden by SFSA

Date: 9th September 2015

THE SFSA worked alongside UNISON,  Unite and United Glasgow F.C. to unveil a banner showing support for refugees as the humanitarian crisis continues to grow in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

Scotland fans were hugely receptive to the banner as it was first revealed outside the stadium before Scotland’s crucial Euro 2016 qualifier with Germany kicked off and then again inside the stadium during the match.

The idea stemmed from similar banners which have been prominent in football grounds around Germany and several German fans joined in support outside the national stadium.

Fans from both countries also received leaflets which detailed why the show of support was so important as the world faces one of its toughest humanitarian crises.

The various groups that ensured the issue was raised were joined in support of the action by Jamie Hepburn, the current Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health in Scotland.

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Pictured above, he said: ‘ I was really happy to support the fans of both countries last night at Hampden Park, as we showed that the people of Scotland really care about this humanitarian crisis and are willing to help.’

Paul Goodwin, of the SFSA, stated: ‘I am delighted with the amount of support which we have encountered from both Scotland and Germany fans today. Life is about more than just football and it is vital that we work together to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves.’

We would like to thank everyone who helped make and support the banner unveiling such a success and would implore everyone to continue retweeting and sharing our message by using the hashtag #refugeeswelcome.

Here are a few of the best examples of fans around the stadium who supported the campaign:

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