German Federation Praises Protesting Players Despite Investigation

Tanya Simon
June 2, 2020

Dortmund's Jadon Sancho and Monchengladbach's Marcus Thuram are among those who led the fight, with the latter ripping his jersey to reveal a powerful "Justice for George Floyd" message.

Four players this weekend in German football took a stand in support of the protesters - Schalke's United States global Weston McKennie, Borussia Monchengladbach's Marcus Thuram and Sancho's Dortmund teammate Achraf Hakimi, making their point in the first major football league to resume during the coronavirus pandemic.

Floyd died while in police custody in Minnesota last week, sparking large scale protests and riots in many cities in the United States.

Earlier on Sunday, French striker Marcus Thuram scored twice in Borussia Moenchengladbach's win over Union Berlin and took a knee in protest at Floyd's death.

Schalke's U.S. midfielder Weston McKennie wore an armband in Saturday's defeat to Werder Bremen bearing the words "Justice for George".

The stunt echoed former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who first protested against racial injustice and police brutality by kneeling down during the USA national anthem in 2016.

The 22-year-old French striker then took a knee on the Borussia Park turf, imitating National Football League star Colin Kaepernick.

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"I would have thought by now you would see why this happens and say something about it but you can't stand alongside us".

In addition to the killings of Floyd and Taylor, America is also reeling from the death of Ahmaud Arbery, who was killed by father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael while jogging in Brunswick, Georgia on February 28.

Schalke, which lost 1-0 to Werder Bremen, is backing McKennie.

His death sparked global outrage, with a number of protesters taking to the streets in the United States in support of "Black Lives Matter" movement.

Hamilton posted #BlackLivesMatter to his 5.7million Twitter followers, which featured a video of a young black American girl in tears about inherent racism in society. The federation has also campaigned strongly against racism.

The Minneapolis man could be heard begging the officers to let him free as he struggled to breathe.

Ujah, who was playing for Mainz at the time, was given a warning and reminder of the ban on political statements from the federation.

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