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FC Bayern sending out a signal for peace

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A signal for peace: At the last home match of the season on Sunday against VfB Stuttgart in the Allianz Arena, after which the *Meisterschale*will be presented, FC Bayern will once again make its stance clear that the war in Ukraine must come to an end.

FC Bayern president Herbert Hainer: "For weeks we have all been moved by the terrible events in Ukraine. FC Bayern and the entire FC Bayern family are once again making it clear: This war must stop! It is still important to draw attention to this important issue - and to support the many people in need. Among other things, FC Bayern has begun a donation initiative with its partner SOS Children's Villages Worldwide, organised a housing programme for refugees with disabilities together with the City of Munich, and launched the sports support programme 'We move together' for refugees on our FC Bayern Campus. Our aim is to provide sustainable support. Everyone who gets involved is helping people in need."

Ahead of Sunday's match, the focus inside the Allianz Arena will once again be on solidarity with Ukraine: for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, children will again accompany the players as they enter the stadium, and the girls and boys will wear the colours of Ukraine for this special occasion. The "Stop the War" banner will once again be displayed in the centre circle. In addition, the advertising boards and stadium screens will be lit up in the Ukrainian national colours of blue and yellow just before kick-off, and Manuel Neuer's captain's armband and the corner flags will also be similarly designed.

As stipulated by the joint housing project of FC Bayern and the City of Munich, the German record champions are guaranteeing the rental costs for an initial period of two years. The social services department is organising the running of the project as well as the integration and care of the people concerned. The sports support programme "We move together" offers refugees from around ten years of age afternoon slots for football, basketball, handball, table tennis and general sports activities on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at the FC Bayern Campus. Registration is not required and information is available at wemovetogether@fcbayern.com.

Since the beginning of the war, FC Bayern has, among other things, illuminated the Allianz Arena, both externally and internally, in the Ukrainian national colours on Bundesliga matchdays. Since then, further symbolic gestures have been made regularly at home games in men's and women's football and basketball. At the start of the joint fundraising campaign with its partner SOS Children's Villages Worldwide, FC Bayern provided €100,000 through its FC Bayern Hilfe eV charitable foundation. Like the FC Bayern basketball players, the FC Bayern staff organised an internal relief supplies collection campaign.


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