German soccer team kneels in solidarity with US NFL protesters

Doug Mendoza
October 15, 2017

Photo Players of Hertha Berlin knelt before their German Bundesliga soccer match against Schalke in Berlin on Saturday to show solidarity with N.F.L. players who have protested against social injustice. Hertha's subs and coaches also "took a knee" on the bench.

Hertha Berlin's starting lineup linked arms then took a knee before their Bundesliga match at home against Schalke 04.

According to the teams twitter page, they chose to take a knee "in the name of tolerance, responsibility, and a tolerant Berlin". Hertha did so with their message being "for an open-minded world".

Kaepernick started his protest past year when he sat down as the American national anthem was played during a pre-season American football game in 2016.

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Ivory Coast forward Salomon Kalou said the whole team was unanimous in its support for the action. It's all about the hashtags, besides, nobody cares what Hertha Berlin stands for, you're a sports team!

"We are no longer living in the 18th century but the 21st, but there are some people who are not ideologically there yet".

Last year, then-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the movement, which has been harshly criticized by President Donald Trump.

Despite the quarterback no longer having a club his cause was given the spotlight a few weeks ago when president Donald Trump made a decision to attack him and the National Football League for their actions. It should not exist in any kind of sport. "If we can provide them with some extra tutoring, that's a good thing", Hertha defender Sebastian Langkamp told German broadcaster Sky during the halftime break of the game.

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