#GlobalNews: “German soccer players ‘take a knee’ in solidarity with NFL players – National”
BERLIN – Hertha Berlin nodded to social struggles in the United States by kneeling before its Bundesliga home game on Saturday.
Hertha’s starting lineup linked arms and took a knee on the pitch, while Pal Dardai’s coaching staff, general manager Michael Preetz, club officials and substitutes took a knee off it before playing Schalke.
READ MORE: Mike Pence leaves NFL game after players kneel during anthem
“Hertha BSC stands for tolerance and responsibility! For a tolerant Berlin and an open-minded world, now and forevermore!” the club said on Twitter.
Forward Salomon Kalou also voiced his support on the social media network.
“We wanted to make a stand against racism,” Hertha captain Per Skjelbred said after the side’s 2-0 defeat.
READ MORE: #TakeAKnee is a U.S. controversy, but Russian trolls are fanning the flames
The action was intended to show solidarity with NFL players who have been protesting police treatment of blacks and social injustice in the U.S. by kneeling, sitting or locking arms through the anthem before games.
WATCH: U.S. Army veterans respond to take a knee controversy
Last year, then-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the movement, which has been harshly criticized by President Donald Trump.
“We’re no longer living in the 18th century but in the 21st century. There are some people, however, who are not that far ideologically yet,” Hertha defender Sebastian Langkamp told Sky TV at halftime. “If we can give some lessons there with that, then that’s good.”
Note: “Previously Published on: 14 October 2017 | 7:44 pm, as ‘German soccer players ‘take a knee’ in solidarity with NFL players – National’ on GLOBALNEWS CANADA. Here is a source link for the Article’s Image(s) and Content”.