WHEN SPORT MEETS POL­I­TICS

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● Some play­ers in the Na­tional Foot­ball League (NFL) be­gan kneel­ing or stand­ing with linked arms dur­ing the na­tional an­them to high­light racial in­jus­tice and po­lice bru­tal­ity in Amer­ica. The Take A Knee move­ment was started by quar­ter­back Colin Kaeper­nick who knelt be­fore a game for the San Fran­cisco 49ers in 2016.

● Liver­pool FC striker Rob­bie Fowler cel­e­brated scor­ing against SK Brann in a Euro­pean Cup-Win­ners’ Cup quar­ter-fi­nal in March 1997 by pulling up his kit to un­veil a T-shirt ex­press­ing sup­port for strik­ing Liver­pool dock­ers. The work­ers had been locked out 18 months ear­lier by the Mersey Docks & Har­bour Com­pany in a labour dis­pute.

● Zim­babwe crick­eters Henry Olonga and Andy Flower wore black arm­bands dur­ing the 2003 Cricket World Cup in South Africa as a sign they were “mourn­ing the death of democ­racy” un­der then pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe.

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