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Xenophobia in Sport

Xenophobia in Sport

Football xenophobia is as common in Germany as it is in many other European countries. Two such cases were reported in 2014. On July 15, members of the German football team performed a Gaucho Dance to mock the Argentinian team. On August 10, anti-Semitic language sounded at a football match between Hannover FC and Lazio FC.

Quite surprisingly, German sport fields have become a platform for the promotion of tolerance in 2015. In August, Borussia Dortmund invited 220 refugees to watch their Europa League qualifier second leg against Odds BK as part of the city's "Angekommen in Dortmund" (Arriving in Dortmund) campaign. In September, Bayern Munich released a statement saying they would be providing over a million euros for refugee projects, as well as offer training camps, German classes and food. During the home game against Leverkusen the banner was displayed at Bayern's ground, showing the message: "Stirring up hatred against broke Greeks and refugees. The problem is called racism. [Get] racism out of minds."

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