WHEN SPORT MEETS POLITICS
● 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.
NFL: Players protesting in 2017