The ongoing humanitarian crisis of refugees fleeing the warzones of the Middle East, often precariously across the Mediterranean sea, came to the public’s attention with distressing pictures in the mainstream press of a small boy washed up faced down in the sand drowned as his family attempted to make their way across the Mediterranean to the relative safety of European shores.
It was this image of a small wasted life, a child who had done nothing other than being born in a part of the world that the lumbering war machines of the US and UK governments have systematically destroyed creating civil war, internal conflict and the collapse of the social infrastructure.
The refugee crisis sparked an international response of solidarity and sympathy. Football fans played their part in this by showing their support to those refugees currently making their way to safety by holding up banners at games around the country on Saturday 12 September.
A lot of the same supporters organised collections of food, blankets, clothing and basic sanitary goods to help out those refugees struggling to survive their arrival in Europe. Special mention goes to Premiership clubs Arsenal who said they will be donating £1 from every ticket sold from yesterday’s game to refugee organisations, and Everton for leading out a team of refugee children as their mascots for the early kick-off against Chelsea at Goodison Park.
It was the fans though that made their voices heard on the terraces…