The killing of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis has led to a wave of protests across the United States of America, a protest which has gained worldwide attention and sympathizers among a host of celebrities including footballers.
Argentina and Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi too expressed his sympathies by participating
in the “#blackouttuesday” trend on social networking site, Instagram – posting a picture of a black square alongside the hashtag.
The trend initially gained support as a way for people to pause and reflect on recent instances of police brutality. The initial focus was on the music industry, but it spread much further, with many celebrities and average people posting black squares.
Messi is not the only footballer to show his support with Borussia Dortmund stars, Jadon Sancho and Achraf Hakimi, Borussia Mönchengladbach’s, Marcus Thuram and Schalke’s, Weston McKennie demonstrating solidarity with protests taking over all across the United States of America during the Bundesliga games over the weekend.
McKennie had sported an armband on Saturday that read, “Justice for George”, while both Sancho and Hakimi wore undershirts with the same message. Thuram, meanwhile took the knee in solidarity after scoring for Mönchengladbach during their win over Union Berlin.
Bayern Munich star, Joshua Kimmich too recently called for the white players to to join their fellow black team-mates in the protests and that the club’s players are planning to make an anti-discrimination statement soon.