On June 29, Germany lost to England in the round of 16 of Euro football. In the stands, a young German supporter breaks down in tears in her father’s arms. The girl is then the target of hateful comments on social networks. In reaction, a Briton launches a fund of support. Today it has reached the colossal sum of 39,000 euros. Explanations.
The image has toured the planet. At the final whistle of the match between England and Germany on June 29, 2021, a young German girl is shown on the big screen, crying in her father’s arms. Germany, which lost 2-0, is eliminated from the Euro. In the hours following the match, English supporters associated this child on social networks with Germany’s Nazi past. A shower of insults and hateful comments online descended on the young girl.
After discovering the mockery thanks to a disillusioned tweet from the former
, a Welsh supporter, Joel Hughes, decides “To do something, however small it may be”, he explains to the Sky News television channel. He then launched a fund of support for the German on the JustGiving site. Initially, the fan of the round ball hoped to raise 500 pounds sterling (580 euros). But in a few days, the jackpot reached 39,000 euros.
No words necessary. pic.twitter.com/8qF4BtJelV— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) June 30, 2021
In total, more than 3,000 contributors got their hands dirty in less than a week. Some donors did not hesitate to leave a comment. Rob, for example, has “Sorry that some of [ses] English compatriots have forgotten how to be graceful in defeat like victory “. According to Daniel, another donor, “ this kind of abuse ruins the game and devalues victory. It is clear that she cares about her team and her country and that she should not be a target because of her country’s past ”
“I wanted to show that not everyone is horrible in the UK”, Joel Hughes told British radio television BBC. « We have a boisterous minority of idiots who hide the good sides of the UK. This tarnishes our image on the international scene and our relations with our European friends and partners ”, he added. AT Sky News , Joel Hughes denounced “Online abuse” and ” xenophobia “, revealed by this surge of hateful comments.
After trying to establish contact with the family, the Briton let the JustGiving team take over. Should these fail, the funds would have to be donated to a charity as yet unknown.