£36,000 raised by JustGiving page for German girl who was seen crying during England’s Euro 2020 victory at Wembley will be donated to CHARITY – with the family asking founder to give the cash to Unicef instead of them
- A fundraising page was set up for a young German fan seen crying at Wembley
- Joel Hughes, who set up the page, says he did so to call out vile online abuse
- The TV image of the girl attracted several abusive and xenophobic comments
- A massive £36,000 was raised and the money will now be given to charity
- The girl’s family were found and have asked for Unicef to receive the donation
The £36,000 raised by a JustGiving page for the young German supporter seen crying during their defeat against England at Wembley will be given to charity, it has been revealed.
When England went 2-0 up late into the last-16 game at, the camera picked out a distraught young girl in the crowd, who had to be comforted by her father.
The image was widely shared on social media with many posting abusive, xenophobic comments, leading to a JustGiving page being set up for her – to ‘show her not everyone in the UK is horrible’.
The family of the German fan seeing crying on live TV have donated their £36,000 to Unicef
Incredibly, a massive £36k was raised by the page and after the family were found, they have now returned a brilliant gesture of their own, turning down the chance to take the cash.
In a statement, the family said: ‘In the interests of our daughter and our family we would like to remain private, however we wish to thank everyone for your amazing support.
‘Our daughter would like to request your generous donations go to Unicef, knowing that your kindness will do good.’
At the time, many big names – including former England striker and BBC presenter Gary Lineker and ex-Liverpool striker Stan Collymore – strongly condemened the abuse directed at the youngster.
Stan Collymore called out some of the tweets and abuse directed at the young girl
Gary Lineker replied to Collymore’s tweet and also condemned the abusive comments
Collymore shared pictures of some of the comments and said: ‘No words needed’.
Lineker replied to Collymore’s tweet with: ‘Absolutely disgusting. Sickening xenophobia.’
It was Newport man Joel Hughes who decided to set up afor the girl. His initial target was £500 but that figure has now risen as high as £36k, which led some fans to question why there was a need raise money.
Hughes took to Twitter to explain that he set up the page to ‘call out vile social media abuse.’
He said: ‘This shouldn’t have to be said but here goes… The campaign is NOT just about a little girl crying because her team lost a football match.
‘It is about: calling out vile online social media abuse; trying to add a voice of positivity into these increasingly intolerant times; intolerant, divisive times that are actively encouraged by our shambolic gov; show the world and our European friends and neighbours that the highly visible, and highly vocal negative minority in the UK do *not* represent us all. And that there is goodwill left (sic).’
Germany were beaten 2-0 by England in the last 16 of their Euro 2020 match last Tuesday
On the fundraising page, Hughes explained how ‘an unsavouraby (sic) element of social media piled in on this photo of an upset little girl’.
He added: ‘Yes, there are more people affected by this than just this little girl but hey, this is just meant to be a token of goodwill. Yes there are other potential good causes – but I’ve picked this.
‘I’d like to think that the parents of the little girl will spend this on a nice treat for her so that she knows that not everyone from the UK is horrible and that we care.
‘No, I don’t think this will change the world. But it can do one thing for that little girl.’
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