UEFA to hold international football tournament for refugees

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A new international football tournament for refugees will be held at the end of this month.

Teams will be made up of 70% refugee and 30% non-refugee players and it will take place on 29 June in Nyon, Switzerland, where UEFA's HQ is based.

The Unity Euro Cup is a friendly competition and will feature teams from Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Malta, the Republic of Ireland and Switzerland.

Its aim is to strengthen links between communities and displaced people through football. The announcement of the tournament was made on World Refugee Day.

UEFA signed a cooperation agreement with the United Nations Refugee Agency last year as parts of its "Strength Through Unity" strategy.

Michele Uva, UEFA's head of football and social responsibility, said: "Today, on World Refugee Day, UEFA honours the strength and courage of refugees together with UNHCR.

"Our common goal is to help refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people to remain physically and mentally healthy and become part of their host community through the power of football."

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