Premier League player Valon Behrami speaks out about his experience of fleeing Kosovo in 1990 and how football helped him settle in Switzerland.

‘Sport is one of the best solutions to integration…I want to give one hundred percent for a country that has given me everything’

Behrami and other professional players are backing Amnesty International’s Football Welcomes initiative bringing clubs together this weekend to show support for refugees.

In an exclusive interview to support Amnesty International’s Football Welcomes weekend, Watford FC and Switzerland player Valon Behrami has spoken out about how football played a crucial role in helping him build a new life in Switzerland after fleeing the horrors of ethnic tensions in Kosovo in 1990, and has appealed to others to ‘be ready to help’ those fleeing crises and conflict around the world today.

His plea comes as the football community unites this weekend (22-23 April) to celebrate of the contribution refugees have made to football in the UK since the Second World War.

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