Liverpool FC players took a knee around the Anfield centre-circle on Monday to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Players including Virgil van Dijk, James Milner, Joe Gomez, Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold tweeted the same photograph of the squad with the words ‘Unity is strength’.
The tweets included the hashtag #blacklivesmatter. These are the latest messages of support from footballers amid the civil unrest in the United States in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death.
George Floyd died last week under the custody of police, prompting protests across cities in the United States.
Monchengladbach striker Marcus Thuram took a knee after scoring against Union Berlin in the German Bundesliga on Sunday. Gladbach head coach Marco Rose lauded Thuram for his action, saying he had ‘’set a good example against racism.’’
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford tweeted on Monday: ‘’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 where I’ve been asking people to come together, work together and be united, we appear to be more divided than ever.People are hurting and we need answers. Black lives matter. Black culture matters. Black communities matter. We matter.’’
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