Over the weekend, we saw a number of footballers come out in solidarity to the current situation in America over the death of African American George Floyd who was brutally killed by an officer of the law after video showed that the officer suspended his knee on Floyd’s neck for over 9-minutes while being restrained.
Floyd’s death has sparked mass protests across the US, but now players are now joining the campaign to show support and fight against the state of racism. Marcus Thuram took a knee after scoring for Borussia Moenchengladbach over the weekend while Sancho unveiled a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ T-shirt after scoring for Borussia Dortmund Dortmund against Paderborn. Dortmund defender Achraf Hakimi also removed his shirt after scoring to reveal the same message as Sancho.
Manchester United forward Rashford went to his social media and tweeted “I know you guys haven’t heard from me in a few days. I’ve been trying to process what is going on in the world. “At a time I’ve been asking people to come together, work together and be united, we appear to me more divided than ever. People are hurting and people need answers. “Black lives matter. Black culture matters. Black communities matter. We matter.”
Liverpool players have shown their support for the Black Lives Matter movement as they all took a knee in training around the centre circle at Anfield with the message, ‘Unity is strength #BlackLivesMatter’.