The George Floyd case, the African American killed by a policeman in Minneapolis, continues to shake the United States of America. Street battles and curfews, but also symbolic declarations and gestures. And it could not miss after that of the American sports world, basketball and tennis in particular, the adhesion of the European sports world to the fight against racism.
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George Floyd and the reaction of sport
After US midfielder Weston McKennie, of Schalke 04, had played with a armband “justice for George” yesterday, today Marcus Thuram, 22 year old Frenchman from Borussia Moenchengladbach and son of the ’98 world champion, Lilian, knelt down to ground with his head lowered after the second of his two goals scored at Union Berlin in 4-1 of his team. The gesture recalls the protest of the American football player, Colin Kaepernick, who in 2016 knelt in the US anthem in protest against the violence suffered by African Americans, and was then followed by many famous athletes from the main American sports.
Soon after, the other Borussia players, Dortmund, made their voices heard. In fact, both the English Jadon Sancho and the Moroccan Achraf Hakimi, after scoring in their team’s 5-1 at Paderborn, showed the undershirt with the words “Justice for George Floyd”. Achraf also made the gesture of the handcuffs.
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