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Euro 2020: £ 32,000 raised for crying German fan who suffered online abuse | UK News

A fundraiser raised over £ 32,000 for a German girl who was abused online after she was pictured crying at Wembley as her team lost to England.

The fan’s image, which has not been identified, went viral after Germany suffered a 2-0 loss to the Three Lions in the second round of Euro 2020.

Former footballer Stan Collymore then shared screenshots showing how a minority of Twitter users directed abuse against the girl in reference to her nationality and Germany’s Nazi past.

Joel Hughes, from Pontypridd, South Wales, told Sky News he decided to set up a JustGiving page with the aim of raising £ 500 to show that “not everyone in the UK is not awful and that we care. “

However, after four days the page had collected £ 32,667 in donations from people who wanted to show their support.

Mr Hughes originally posted a tweet in an attempt to try and contact the family, but a team from JustGiving has since taken over the effort.

They now have a strong lead which they believe will help them reach the family.

The plan would then be to open discussions about donating the money to a charity in accordance with the campaign message.

Mr Hughes told Sky News: “I saw Stan Collymore’s tweet, I saw the vile uncontrolled abuse directed at the images of the girl. And I think that struck a chord, not just in terms of the villainousness of online abuse, but also xenophobia, which taps into deeper issues of Britain’s current situation and how we are viewed on the world stage.

“I thought you know what, I want to try and do something here no matter how small.” “

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He continued, “I thought we would get a few hundred pounds. But if I had had a few hundred pounds, the odds that I’m ever trying to get…

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