Fundraiser launched for young German fan who cried during European Championship game against England
Fan raised over £ 6,600 [and counting] for a young German fan who cried in the crowd when they lost in the round of 16 of the European Championship to England at Wembley.
Joel Hughes, who created the JustGiving page, wanted to show that ‘not everyone in the UK is horrible’ after the girl was cruelly mocked online during and after the match.
In fact, when the visibly upset German fan was shown on the big screen at Wembley, fans cheered as the footage emerged.
The abuse of social media has been condemned by many, including Stan Collymore and Gary Lineker.
Absolutely disgusting. A sickening xenophobia.
– Gary Lineker: blue_heart: (@GaryLineker) June 30, 2021
Collymore’s tweet about the young fan prompted Hughes, who is Welsh, to set up a JustGiving page with an initial goal of £ 500.
“I saw a tweet from Stan Collymore highlighting the abuse the little girl was going through,” he told Cymru Nation. “I can’t stand seeing this kind of bullying online.
“I think this kind of xenophobia is worse since Brexit. And almost encouraged by the UK government.
“So I thought I would try to do something. A little thing. Not something that would change the world, or change the minds of those who wrote mean stuff about the little girl.
“And if that means we can put a smile on this girl’s face, then the job is done.”
This goal was quickly shattered by fans supporting the fundraiser and soon hundreds of people flocked to the page to show their support, with over 700 donations submitted to date.
“We’re raising £ 500 to show this little German fan that not everyone in the UK is horrible,” the page read.
“England finally beat Germany in a major competition (well played)”
However, a social media element piled up in this photo of an upset little girl. Pretty gruesome – to say the least.
“Yes, there are more people affected by this than this little girl, but hey, it’s just goodwill. Yes, there are other potential good causes – but I chose this one. .
“I would like to think the little girl’s parents will spend this on getting her a good present so she knows not everyone in the UK is horrible and we care.
“No, I don’t think that will change the world. But it can do a thing for this little girl.”
Hughes made a new update Thursday afternoon.
“Hello everyone, so yeah I’m blown away by your support. This obviously really struck a chord. Thank you,” he wrote.
“The situation is that I’m going to spend a few days trying to find his parents (I’m currently on vacation.
“Now I may not be able to find them or (for their own valid reasons) that they do not want to be found. And, if so, we will obviously have to reimburse you (or some of them). you might want to donate to a similar cause.) Anyway, we’ll cross this bridge when we get there.