Darmstadt’s second division coach Torsten Lieberknecht has offered Ukrainian refugees personal help and even accommodation.
“In the Lieberknecht family, the doors are basically open to every refugee from Ukraine. If we can be active, then the least we can do is say: We give others help – whether it’s monetary or taking in people,” said the 48- Year-olds at the SV Darmstadt 98 press conference before the Friday game (6:30 p.m. / Sky) against 1. FC Heidenheim.
When asked if he would really take in refugees at his home, Lieberknecht confirmed: “Definitely! That’s out of the question for us.”
The war is of course an issue in the team. The Lilien fans collect donations around the game for the people affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
This week, the Darmstadt team published a video of their former professional Igor Berezovsky, who called for donations for medical care in his home country of Ukraine through his ex-club. The 31-year-old was once a substitute keeper for the lilies.