Dortmund supporters hold a banner prior to a Bundesliga football match in Dortmund, Germany. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, file)
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Amid the unfolding refugee crisis in Europe, where those escaping war have at times faced barbed wire and tear gas, the world of football has provided a welcoming voice and much tangible support.Borussia Dortmund invited 220 refugees to watch a game and Arsenal has donated 400,000 pounds ($600), and is building football pitches in two refugee camps in Iraq.Whether it was Liverpool FC backing dock workers in 1990s Great Britain, or German clubs with banners proclaiming 'refugees welcome' today".Football, he said, tends to quite accurately reflect the contemporary feeling – and that's not always necessarily positive, as the "refugees not welcome" banners have shown. David Goldblatt, also a football journalist and author, said that the attitude among football clubs and fans has largely been positive as that international experience is so inherent to what football is.Arsenal's former player Christopher Wreh was a Liberian refugee.It may too change the face of football.
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