It was a football game with a difference. The Spanish La Liga game saw home side Real Betis beat Real Sociedad 4-0 at the Benito VillamarÃn stadium. But the match also had another highlight, as the local audience also participated in an annual toy drive. As both teams left the field at half-time, fans followed suit, throwing thousands of toys and stuffed animals onto the field as part of a charitable effort to help children and families. disadvantaged before Christmas.
This goodwill gesture is an annual tradition and for the annual toy drive, the La Liga team had asked fans to bring soft toys which would then be thrown from the stands onto the pitch. Several other teams have similar practices but this one is definitely a sight to see as fans at the stadium have shared a number of videos on Twitter.
Thousands and thousands of toys were raining down on the grounds. The whole process also shows great teamwork, as the toys from the upper level are thrown at the lower levels before they finally get to the field. Once on the ground, the volunteers collect them in blankets and massive bags.
Watch it here:
True Betis fans threw thousands of soft toys onto the pitch at halftime yesterday ð§¸ It’s an annual tradition to make sure underprivileged children don’t miss out on a Christmas present â¤ï¸ð pic.twitter.com/WYpfLKVUlt
– ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) December 13, 2021
Real Betis had reported quite a bit of loot after the draw ended. They made the scene even sweeter by sharing a photo of the toys collected on the ride. The management thanked all of their supporters and volunteers for their contributions and tweeted: âA great victory yesterday, but the most important photo is this. Fans have brought thousands of toys for children in need so that everyone will receive a gift during these special weeks. Thank you BÃ©ticos! And a special thank you to our volunteers! You are the best!”
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ð§¸ð¦ð¦A great victory yesterday, but the most important image is this one.
Fans have brought thousands of toys for children in need so that everyone will receive a gift during these special weeks.
Thank you BÃ©ticos! And a special thank you to our volunteers! You are the best! pic.twitter.com/OCvEqisqcC
– Real Betis BalompiÃ© (@RealBetis_en) December 13, 2021
Real Betis will enter the holiday season in third place in the La Liga points table. They will face Talavera in the Copa del Rey clash on Thursday, before returning to Spain’s top flight to face Athletic Club on Sunday.
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