On May 25 2020, an African-American man named George Floyd died when a police officer in Minneapolis put his knee on his neck and refused to take it off until he died.
This shocking incident angered not only the USA, but sent ripples of fury throughout the world. Protests broke out and everyone came together to show their support against racism. And the support was extended from the football world as well.
The Liverpool FC squad showed their support by forming a circle and sitting on one knee at Anfield. Several Liverpool players posted on their social with the photos of the circle and the message ‘Unity is strength #BlackLivesMatter’.
Manchester United’s striker Marcus Rashford spoke up, voicing his support for the George Floyd incident.
The 22-year-old said: “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.”
Jadon Sancho removed his shirt to reveal another shirt during the Dortmund – Paderborn game to pay tribute to George Floyd, and he got a yellow card for that. Sancho had been racially abused during the Euro 2020 qualifiers in 2019. He posted on his Instagram, showing his support, saying: “Solid performance from the team!!
“Delighted to get my first career hat trick, a bittersweet moment personally as there are more important things going on in the world today that we must address and help make a change.
“We shouldn’t fear speaking out for what’s right, we have to come together as one & fight for justice. We are stronger together! #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd”
Achraf Hakimi also took his shirt off as an act of support towards the cause.
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