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Crying German girl turns down £36,000 raised after social media attacks in Euro 2020 loss

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A fundraiser was set up by a concerned football fan after a nine-year-old German girl was trolled after she was seen uncontrollably crying during Germany’s Euro 2020 last-16 clash against England.

The heartbreaking footage shows the girl at Wembley in floods of tears and clutching onto a relative as Germany lost 2-0.

When the footage appeared on TV, some England fans reportedly cheered at her tears and some even trolled the little girl on social media.

Former footballer Stan Collymore shared a selection of disgusting comments aimed at the girl referencing her nationality and Germany’s Nazi past.

To show solidarity with the girl, Joel Hughes from Pontypridd launched a fundraiser to show “that not everyone from the UK is horrible”.

Mr Hughes initially had the aim of raising £500 so the little girl could get herself “a nice treat”.

To his surprise, 3,248 people from all over the world contributed to the cause and a more than £36,000 has been raised.

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The girl’s family has now been tracked down and they thanked well-wishers for the “amazing support” in a statement on the JustGiving page.

The statement read: “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.” 

Mr Hughes also thanked the supporters of the campaign and the thousands who donated.

He praised the family’s “grace, courage and generosity” and said that “the legacy of the support from thousands of donors is that thousands of children from around the world will benefit through UNICEF’s work.”

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