Dynamo Dresden, of German football's third tier, have invited 300 refugees to their game against MSV Duisburg on Sunday.

The club have distributed the tickets as part of the "Dresden’s top sports teams say ‘welcome'" initiative, together with anti-racist group 1953international, according to German website Sport1.

The move represents a positive step in the wake of the Mediterranean refugee crisis and general fear-mongering over immigration across Europe.

Dynamo CEO Robert Schäfer said in a statement on the club's website:

Hospitality, respect and openness towards asylum seekers follows directly on from sporting values held by our teams. Refugees come to us because they are persecuted in their homelands for their beliefs and fear for life and limb at home.

As sports clubs, we want to show these people that after all they have suffered, they are welcome in our midst.

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