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Darius backs Football Welcomes initiative to support refugees

Club gets behind important national campaign by Amnesty International

20 April 2018

Darius Charles has taken time out from preparing for tomorrow's important match to support Amnesty International's Football Welcomes initiative.

AFC Wimbledon will be joining club across the country this weekend to celebrate the contribution refugee players make to the beautiful game. Football Welcomes, a weekend of action now in its second year, highlights the role of refugee players in UK football. From a group of Spanish Civil War child refugees who sailed from Bilbao to Southampton in May 1937 and went on to play professionally here in the 1940s and 50s, to the likes of Arsenal's Granit Xhaka, Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri and Manchester City Women's Nadia Nadim today.

Supported by a range of Premier League clubs, the English Football League and the FA Women's Super League, as well as grassroots and non-league teams, Football Welcomes also aims to highlight the important role football clubs can play in welcoming refugees and promoting integration.

Click on the link below to watch the message from Darius.

Naomi Westland, Football Welcomes Manager at Amnesty International UK, said: "Violence and persecution around the world are forcing people to flee their homes and look for safety in communities elsewhere, and a small number make it to the UK. Football can give people a sense of purpose and belonging, and football clubs are at the heart of our towns and cities and have an important role to play in welcoming refugees and helping to promote respect, understanding and integration."

Football Welcomes is part of Amnesty International's I Welcome campaign for a better international response to the global refugee crisis. The campaign encourages local communities to work together to create a more welcoming environment for people fleeing conflict and persecution.

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