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Barcelona will wear the refugee agency logo

GENEVA ( Associated Press) — Barcelona will wear the UN Refugee Agency logo on the back of their shirts for the next four seasons as part of a four-year partnership.

The global agreement, announced Tuesday, comes after the UNHCR recently announced that an unprecedented 100 million people have been displaced by conflict, violence, human rights abuses and persecution, as a result of the war in Ukraine and other lethal conflicts.

The Catalans gave sponsorship space on their shirts to the UNHCR instead of selling it to a commercial entity despite the fact that the club carries debts of 1.3 billion euros ($1.3 million).

“I am sure that our fans, our partners – the club owners – are more than happy with this global alliance with UNHCR because we show our hearts to the world,” Barcelona president Joan Laporta said.

“The agreement is part of the priorities that FC Barcelona and its Foundation defined for this new stage that I have the honor of presiding over: focusing on refugees in the world, one of the most serious problems that are experienced in current times, with 100 million refugees or displaced people, and to whom it is necessary to respond”, he added.

The Barcelona men’s team has gone without winning titles in two of the last three seasons.

“We want Barcelona to be a successful club and we want a Barcelona with healthy finances, that is obvious,” said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, when appearing at a press conference with Laporta. “That’s not against having a social conscience.”

The Barcelona Foundation will contribute 400,000 euros per season for joint projects with the UNHCR in Colombia, Uganda, Turkey and Malaysia. The club will also donate the equivalent of 100,000 euros per year in sports equipment and will make the knowledge of its Foundation technicians available.

While the UNHCR logo will be on the back of Barcelona’s shirt next season, the front will sport the Spotify streaming platform logo.

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