A fundraising page setup to give money to a young German fan who was pictured crying at Wembley during England’s 2-0 win over Germany at Euro 2020 has raised more than $50,000 (£36,180).
The unidentified young girl, dressed in a Germany uniform and with the country’s flag painted on her cheeks, had her crying face broadcast to the world when it was shown on TV after the game.
Cheers could be heard from some England fans inside Wembley, while others on social media decided to abuse the child, making crude and cruel jokes about her and her home country.
A number of those tweets were then shared by ex-player Stan Collymore, alongside the caption “No words necessary.”
Collymore’s tweet caught the attention of a Welsh soccer fan named Joel Hughes, who decided to start a crowdfunder to show the German girl that “not everyone from the UK is horrible.”
The JustGiving page, says its hopes that her family will spend the money on a treat for the girl.
The creator of the page said it was created due to “an unsavoury element of social media piled in on this photo of an upset little girl.”
“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,” reads the message on the donation site.
The page is now closed, but it has raised more than £35,000 ($50,000) in donations with more than 3,200 individual contributions being made.
A message on the website says the creator and a JustGiving team are working to try and locate the German girl’s family and inform them of the money that is waiting for them.