In the center circle of Anfield, Liverpool squad kneels to show support against the death of American-African man George Floyd by the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis.
The picture exhibits 29 Liverpool players taking a knee with the caption ‘Unity is strength’ and hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.
— David Lynch (@LynchStandard) June 1, 2020
According to reports, the team asked for a picture while practicing on Monday.
The world has been protesting the death of George Floyd, an American black man, who died on 25 May when Derek Chauvin, white police offer, kept him restrained and pinned him down by kneeling on his neck for around nine whole minutes. He has now charged with third-degree murder.
Colin Kaepernick, an ex-quarterback player of San Francisco, first protested police brutality and racism by taking a knee during the US national anthem in summer 2016. From that moment on, this sign has become a primary symbol of the movement #BlackLivesMatter.
Marvin Rees also speaks about Liverpool’s protest on his twitter account.
Now we just need the US #conservative white #evangelicals to catch up with the moral standards of @LFC and we might have some hope for America: “George Floyd death: Liverpool players take knee in picture at Anfield” @CTmagazine MR https://t.co/Wk5t1CdCyc
— Marvin Rees (@MarvinJRees) June 1, 2020
Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba also raise their voices against Floyd’s death
Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba from Manchester United also join the global protest against racism.
Paul Pogba, a talented midfielder at Manchester United and World Cup Winner for France, shows mixed emotions in his Instagram post stating ‘he is feeling anger, hate, disappointment, pain, resentment and sadness’ over this matter.
Pogba adds, he is sad for Floyd and all those black people who face racial discrimination every day, not just in football but at school, work, or anywhere in the world. This thing needs to end right now. Not tomorrow or the day after that, but Today, it has to stop right now.
The midfielder continues, Violence against racism is unacceptable; he can’t take it; he won’t take it; they all won’t take it.
In the end, the young France talent finishes his post with words, ‘Racism is ignorance. Love is intelligence.’
On the other hand, the United team fellow-member Marcus Rashford states, he is trying to understand what is happening around the world.
He says, at the moment, he only asks people to get closer, work closer, and live as a unit, as we seem to be distancing from each other, more than ever. People are getting hurt, and we need answers to that. Black communities, black culture, and black lives are important; we all are important, adds Rashford.
German FA admires players who are protesting
Fritz Keller, the DFB or German FA’s chairman, expresses that he respects and understands those four players who are showing their support in the ground against George Floyd’s death.
Regardless of the fact that DFB is inquiring, Achraf Hakimi and Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund along with Marcus Thuram from Borussia Monchengladbach and Weston McKennie from Schalke 04 for violating the rules of passing political comments in the playing area.
The President adds he always praises such players who show a great attitude and unity towards these kinds of things. He craves for such mature players and feels proud to have them.
He continues that when people are treated differently just because of their skin color, it is unacceptable. If they have to face death because of that, then it is a disgrace, and he is shameful for that. Those who suffer from this racial injustice need support from all of us.