Schalke published a video on their website calling on everybody to #StandUp and help refugees
Schalke published a video on their website calling on everybody to #StandUp and help refugees

#StandUp: social media reaction

Cologne – FC Schalke 04 have made it loud and clear where they stand on the issue of refugees, and they are not the only club in the Bundesliga making their voice heard.

The captain leads by example

The world has commended Schalke's efforts after they produced a video published on their website to address the current subject of refugees arriving in Germany. rounds up some of the best social media reaction from players, clubs and politicians.

Of course Benedikt Höwedes was one of the first to spread the club's message via Twitter. The 27-year-old shares their clear opinion and asks his followers to get involved.

Divided by colour…

'Everybody has the right to #HumanRights, which is why we need to #StandUp against racism and discrimination.'

…but united for an important cause Schalke's local rivals Borussia Dortmund have retweeted Schalke's campaign and expressed their total solidarity.

Political backing

'Divided by colour, united in this matter'

Germany's Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier has expressed his delight via Facebook at Schalke's initiative, thanking the Bundesliga club for the way they have got involved in spreading awareness and channelling support. Katrin Göring-Eckardt, who is the leader of Germany's Green Party, is also supporting Schalke's campaign. With the comment 'Zeichen setzen' ('send a signal'), she linked to the Royal Blues' video.

Asamoah and Sarpei actively involved

Former Schalke striker Gerald Asamoah and ex-Bundesliga star Hans Sarpei have also led the way on social media, calling for support having also appeared in the video. They have spread the word via Twitter, while players from Schalke have also been spreading the video on social media.

Bayern's support

FC Bayern München have announced their own plans to help the refugees arriving in Bavaria, with the Tweet below containing a link to a page underlining their efforts.