Protesters marched in the streets of many countries, including London and Copenhagen, while football players from Germany demonstrated solidarity with anti-racist protests across the US over George Floyd’s murder, a black man who died of a white police officer in Minneapolis who placed his knees on his neck.
World Footballers on Racism against George Floyd
Many football stars showed their sympathy and supported the protest of racism. Lots of football player showed support during their matches of Bundesliga. On Sunday it was started with Thuram and Jadon Sancho. Before them, Weston McKennie also showed support.
Thuram kneeled down in honour of George Floyd in the 4-1 win at home over Union Berlin on Sunday, the French forward of Borussia Monchengladbach wrote later on Twitter, ‘Together, how we go forward and together, is how we make a change.’
Schalke’s American defender Weston McKennie wore an armband with a handwritten message on it around the left arm of his, written “Justice for George” in a match against Werder Bremen.
He later took to Twitter and tweeted “We have to stand up for what we believe in and I believe that it is time that we are heard! #justiceforgeorgefloyd #We” after his team suffer a lost against Werder Bremen.
Achraf Hakimi revealed a “Justice For George Floyd” T-shirt after he scored a goal against Paderborn SC showing sympathy. He later posted on Twitter with the post of the T-shirt which reads “Together we will defeat racism! Justice!”
Liverpool’s emerging star Rhian Brewster who won the 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup in India also took to Twitter and tweeted “Unfortunately for us black/brown people etc, this is real-life & everyday occurrence in so many different ways. For years & generations we’ve been screaming out for change and to be heard, This goes beyond just #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd, we need justice for us as Human beings. We don’t want special privilege. A level playing field is all we have been crying for, forever. Hear us. #BlackLivesMatter,’ he wrote on his Twitter post.
Achraf Hakimi’s teammate Jadon Sancho also showed his support towards George Floyd. Jadon Sancho scored a hat-trick against Paderborn on Sunday. After scoring his first goal, he took off his jersey and showed a T-Shirt with “Justice For George Floyd” written on it.
Sancho was booked for taking off his jersey. as per FIFA rules, taking off your jersey in football pitch during the match will result in a punishment of yellow card.
PSG’s star striker Kylian Mbappe also responded to this protest. On 30th May, Mbappe posted on Twitter “#JusticeForGeorge” to support the protesters.