By Tom Mackinnon
DUNDEE United welcomed 15 refugees from Iraq and Syria to Sunday’s game with Falkirk.
Most of the refugees came from Lebanese camps and now live locally, in and around the Dundee area.
With help from the ArabTRUST and the United Ladies of Tannadice (ULT) the group dined in the Hegarty suite prior to the Ladbrokes Championship match on Sunday.
Dundee United’s Head of Communications Joe Rice said, “We knew Dundee United could play a significant role in ensuring these families integrate within the local community. Thanks to the efforts of my colleague Riki Grauer, ArabTRUST and ULT, this vision has become a reality.
“It was fantastic to see these families enjoy themselves and, with the game ending the way it did, they will be welcome back anytime!”
A spokesperson for Dundee Refugee Support group said, “It was a brilliant day and it was great to see how much the guys enjoyed themselves and got into the game. Thank you so much to everyone at the Club, ArabTRUST and ULT who worked hard to make it such a great experience, as well as the team for treating their new fans to a few goals.
“It summed up perfectly what is best about Scottish football: it doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from, if you are there to support the team you are just one of the family.
The special guests witnessed an incredible game, with the match finishing 3-0 to the hosts. Goals from Jamie Robson, Willo Flood and Scott McDonald were enough to blow aside their opponents, Paul Hartley’s Falkirk.