Mo Salah And His Liverpool Teammates ‘Take The Knee’ For George Floyd
This is the video of Liverpool Football Club and Mo Salah demonstrating their solidarity with anti- racism protesters in the United States, who have been out in force, demonstrating against the death of George Floyd in police custody.
The entire squad knelt in Anfield's centre circle ahead of today's training session in a powerful show of support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
Unity is strength: https://t.co/2BN18U4jIY pic.twitter.com/oVE5RgNMmh— Liverpool FC ((@LFC) June 1, 2020
The Liverpool team ‘took the knee’ at Anfield stadium, echoing a move made by athletes in the US, to protest against racism and police brutality peacefully.
29 club players are shown in the photograph, taken after training was allowed to resume in the English Premier League after a months- long break due to the coronavirus.
The players arranged themselves in a circle at the centre of the pitch at Anfield and crouched down on one knee.
This gesture was made world famous by the American quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the national anthem before NFL games, beginning in 2016.
The image of the Liverpool squad taking the knee was shared on twitter by various players, including team captain Jordan Henderson.
He shared the image with the caption “Unity is Strength #BlackLivesMatter
After George Floyd, an African American man, was arrested and subsequently died in police custody, unrest has spread across America and the world, with protests in all 50 US states, as well as in London and France.
In the UK, Chelsea football club also shared an image of their squad, pre-training, all taking a knee in an H formation. The H, they say, stands for Humans.
Before training at Cobham this morning, the Chelsea players and coaching staff formed the letter H, for humans, and knelt in a show of support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement. pic.twitter.com/yI6kAywa93— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) June 2, 2020
Manchester United player Marcus Rashford also shared this powerful post on social media. Rashford has been rightly outspoken about the racism he has suffered at the hands of football fans in the UK.
If you would like information on how you can help the protesters, you can read this piece about how to support the black community. Whether that is further reading to better understand racism in your own community, who to donate to if you are able, and which petitions to sign.