The Bundesliga club sent out a strong message amid the ongoing crisis in Eastern Europe and plan to raise funds to help those affected
Bundesliga side Wolfsburg displayed the peace symbol inside their centre circle on Saturday amid Russias invasion of Ukraine.
Football clubs, players and authorities from around the world have joined in condemning the conflict in Eastern Europe that has seen many lose their lives as a direct result.
And along with their pitch tribute, Wolfsburg also wore the iconic peace symbol on their shirts, instead of the logo of long-time sponsor Volkswagen, as they took on Union Berlin.
A statement on Wolfsburgs official club website read: “The situation in Ukraine and the images of its war-torn areas are a source of concern and great emotion all around the world.
“As such, VfL Wolfsburg is looking to play its part in supporting the people of Ukraine.
“This coming weekend is an ideal opportunity for a demonstration of solidarity and an expression of support for peace and freedom.”
Wolfsburg replaced their sponsor with the peace sign this weekend ☮️ pic.twitter.com/sZD4WWEKZ0
Wolfsburg also offered their support to the Ukrainian people with a minutes applause before the game, while they are additionally seeking to raise funds through donations to aid both affected citizens in the country and the thousands of refugees that have fled the country.
“We are well aware that we can only make a very small contribution, but nevertheless we want to provide all the support that we can,” VfL managing director Jorg Schmadtke stated.
“We see it as our social responsibility and hope that as many people as possible – regardless of whether they are football fans or not – will help us to collect donations.”