Foot­ballers call for jus­tice amid anti-racism protests

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HT SPORT - HT Cor­re­spon­dent sports­desk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: Some fa­mous names from the world of foot­ball have joined calls for jus­tice for Ge­orge Floyd, a black man who died in po­lice ac­tion in Min­nesota last week. As anti-racism protests con­tin­ued to rage in dif­fer­ent parts of the US, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and France na­tional team star Kylian Mbappe on Satur­day evening tweeted: “#Jus­tice­For­Ge­orge.”

The tweet was liked by, among oth­ers, the of­fi­cial ac­count of world foot­ball gov­ern­ing body FIFA. On the same day, Schalke’s Amer­i­can mid­fielder We­ston McKen­nie wore a “Jus­tice for Ge­orge” arm­band dur­ing the 1-0 home loss to Werder Bre­men in their Bun­desliga clash. “To be able to use my plat­form to bring at­ten­tion to a prob­lem that has been go­ing on too long feels good!!! We have to stand up for what we be­lieve in and I be­lieve that it is time that we are heard! #jus­tice­for­ge­orge­floyd #sayno­toracism,” McKen­nie later wrote on Twit­ter.

Alex Mor­gan, one of the stars of USA’s back-to-back FIFA Women’s World Cup tri­umphs in 2015 and 2019, was among the first few foot­ballers to re­act to the killing of Floyd, when she took to Twit­ter to call for ‘in­clu­siv­ity from the top’. “So sick­ened be­yond words by the bru­tal po­lice killing of Ge­orge Floyd. When will all Amer­i­cans be treated and re­spected equally re­gard­less of race and gen­der?? We are yearn­ing for true lead­er­ship and in­clu­siv­ity from the top,” she tweeted on Fri­day.

Eng­land great Gary Linekar too of­fered his sol­i­dar­ity to the protests in the US. The for­mer Tot­ten­ham, Ever­ton and Barcelona

for­ward re­cently quoted a tweet con­tain­ing a video of a po­lice as­sault on a black man and his 90-year-old grand­mother in the US, say­ing, “Didn’t post the video of the mur­der of Ge­orge Floyd as it was just too up­set­ting. This too, though, ac­tu­ally made me cry. It’s Unimag­in­able that peo­ple have to deal with this be­cause of the colour of their skin. Ab­hor­rent, un­just and evil.”

AFP

Mar­cus Thuram, Monchengla­d­bach for­ward and son of French World Cup win­ner Lil­ian Thuram, ex­pressed his sol­i­dar­ity with the anti-racism protests in the US by tak­ing a knee after scor­ing one of his two goals against Union Ber­lin in their 4-1 win on Sun­day.

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