Bulldogs reps reckon it’s a win-win, too, with their general manager of community (which is totally a thing) Fayssal Sari saying “when families start to go to football matches they sit in the same spot and they meet other people because they are united in their support for a team… It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, or from Sudan or Syria, sport unifies people.”
Showing that kind of inclusion is sure to net a fair few young fans, and youth worker Taha Marabani says they’ll take the game and run with it:
“A lot of newly arrived migrants who come here come from very different backgrounds don’t have very much in common with other school students so football is a really good way to unite them, to get them talking and that itself leads to finding more common interests so it is very powerful.”
— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) September 12, 2015
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