#JusticeForGeorgeFloyd: African Footballers Speak Against Racism And Injustice

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Morocco international Achraf Hakimi celebrated his goal for Dortmund by paying tribute to Floyd (Getty Images)

Achraf Hakimi is among several African sportsmen to show support for the late African-American George Floyd after the Morocco international scored in Borussia Dortmund’s 6-1 thrashing of Paderborn.

The United States has seen a number of protests in major cities across the country since Floyd, an unarmed black man, died while being restrained by white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on 25 May.

Hakimi demonstrated his support on Sunday, May 31, 2020, by crossing his fists in the air in a sign for justice after scoring in the 84th minute, while also lifting his jersey to reveal ‘Justice for George Floyd’ handwritten on his vest.

The right-back, who is on loan at Dortmund from Real Madrid, also tweeted to say: ‘Together we will defeat racism! Justice!’

Achraf Hakimi calling for Justice for George Floyd

Union Berlin’s Nigerian forward Anthony Ujah also took to Twitter to speak on the issue, posting a picture of himself with his shirt bearing the words ‘can’t breathe’, ‘justice’ and ‘Eric Garner’, another black man who died at the hands of police back in 2014.

Ujah tweeted a picture of a previous protest of his but with ‘George Floyd’ now edited into the shot. 

On Monday, June 1, 2020, Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Egyptian Mohamed Salah joined their Liverpool team-mates in sending a message of solidarity as the squad ‘took a knee’ around a centre circle during the Reds’ training session on Monday.

Mane further posted the picture on Instagram with the caption: ‘Unity is strength #Blacklivesmatter.’

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Unity is strength #BlackLivesMatter

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Mane and his Liverpool teammates took a knee to support the BLM movement

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first protested against racial injustice and police brutality by kneeling down during the United States national anthem in the summer of 2016. Since then, that gesture has become symbolic to the Black Lives Matter movement.

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source: BBC

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