Saturday 16 December 2017

Bohs promise financial support for refugees

Daniel Lambert
Daniel Lambert

Bohemians have promised to provide financial and moral support to the ongoing refugee crisis.

The Dublin 7 club, who last week unveiled a 'Refugees Welcome' mural at their Dalymount Park home, have decided to divert part of the gate receipts from next Friday's game at home to FAI Cup semi-finalists Longford Town to the Irish Refugee Council while players will warm up in t-shirts with the IRC logo.

German football has taken the lead in showing solidarity with the refugees while Everton have also taken steps, but the Bohs link-up with the IRC is believed to be the first of its kind in Ireland.

"Bohemian FC is acutely aware of the enormity of the refugee crisis unfolding across Europe," said Bohs secretary Daniel Lambert.

"As a club we would like to take this concrete action, both to support the invaluable work of the IRC, and to reflect the will of our members and supporters in assisting those in flight.

"As a club we are fully democratic, inclusive, progressive, and welcoming to all and this is reflected in the numerous actions the club, and its supporters, continuously take on wider social issues."

Boss Keith Long sald: "Supporters and players for Bohemians have come from a wide range of backgrounds over the club's lifetime. We want the club and Dalymount Park to be a welcoming home for all."