Following George Floyd ‘s death in the US, Liverpool players demonstrated their unity with the Black Lives Matter campaign by taking a knee in the middle circle at Anfield on Monday.
Reds stars like Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold tweeted the same photograph, followed by the hashtag # BlackLivesMatter with the words “Unity is power.”
Made popular by Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling of the former NFL quarterback during pre-game renditions of the US national anthem, sitting down on one knee has become a metaphor in the battle against racial inequality. In the violent wake of Floyd ‘s death in Minneapolis, Manchester United attacker Marcus Rashford said he believed culture had become more fragmented than ever.
Floyd died last Monday after several minutes of a White Police cop putting his foot on the bound black man’s face. The startling event caused marches and demonstrations across the globe in towns, and was greeted with a powerful response from sports stars like Michael Jordan and Lewis Hamilton.
England ‘s international Jadon Sancho was one of the footballers from the Bundesliga to make a stand over the weekend, playing on Sunday for Borussia Dortmund’s first ever hattrick. Since scoring the first of his three goals in a 6-1 victory over Paderborn, Sancho wore a T-shirt featuring “Justice for George Floyd” written on it.
In a statement the English Professional Footballers Association (PFA) said: “We want America to know the world is watching. The legislation now being pursued to secure accountability for George Floyd sends out a strong statement on the supposed importance of black lives in America.
Instagram reported former England captain David Beckham, who controls Major League Baseball side Inter Miami saying that they stand in solidarity with the black community and millions of people around the globe who are angered by these incidents.