Desmond Tutu, South African human rights activitist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, has been made an honorary member of FC Twente, the Telegraaf reports on Tuesday.
Club supporters were surprised by the move as earlier honorary members were former club directors and managers. However, chairman Joop Munsterman told the paper: ‘Tutu is the champion of humanity and his philosophy of solidarity chimes with our way of thinking, so he’s a logical choice.’
FC Twente, currently top of the premier division, beat Heerenveen 1-0 in Sunday’s match. Tutu left at half time.
The southern football club has raised some €100,000 for one of the bishop’s charities, the Telegraaf said.
Tutu has been in the Netherlands for several days. Last week, he awarded the International Children’s Peace Prize to 13-year-old Filipino Kesz Valdez at a special ceremony in The Hague.
Tutu was also awarded an honorary doctorate by Groningen University.