Bundesliga players show support for Black Lives Matter protests

Bundesliga players showed solidarity for the Black Lives Matter protests at matches on Saturday.

Borussia Dortmund and Hertha Berlin players took a knee in pre-game ceremonies before their match Dortmund won, 1-0.

In pre-game drills, 17-year-old American Gio Reyna wore a black T-shirt with the words "No Justice, No Peace" over his yellow Dortmund warm-up uniform. Other Dortmund players wore T-shirts with the words "United Together" and "Black, White, Yellow, Red, Human."

At Bayern Munich's match at Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern players wore T-shirts with the words "Rot Gegen Rassismus" ("Red Against Racism"). During the game, they wore armbands with the words "Black Lives Matter" printed on them.

Bayern won, 4-2, to maintain its seven-point lead over Dortmund with four games to play in its bid for an eighth straight Bundesliga title.

After displays of support for George Floyd last week by American Weston McKennie, who plays for Schalke 04, and other players, the German federation chose not to punish them.

Later in the week, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Bundesliga players who showed solidarity with Floyd deserve "applause, not punishment."

Photo by Pool/Imago/Icon Sportswire

1 comment about "Bundesliga players show support for Black Lives Matter protests".
  1. R2 Dad, June 8, 2020 at 8:12 p.m.

    This is easy virtue-signaling. I prefer Raheem Stirling's more specific inquiry into why Sol C. and Ashley C can't get better management offers after playing the game at the highest levels. It's possible their personalities don't reflect management preferences but neither of these men are wallflowers and deserve chances to see what they can do.

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