In solidarity with Black Lives Matter, Marcelo became the latest footballer to ‘take a knee’ following his goal in the Real Madrid clash against Eibar on Sunday.
Protests started in the U.S. and spread all over the world after George Floyd ‘s death in Minneapolis, with police officer Derek Chauvin being charged with murder afterward.
With Weston McKennie, Jadon Sancho, and Marcos Thuram sending Black Live Matters messages at Bundesliga games, many players have also worked to express their solidarity, and the likes of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund even sending anti-racist messages before games.
After the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, Marcelo hit the net 37 minutes into Madrid’s first game back in La Liga and chose to mark his strike by kneeling with one fist raised in homage to the transfer.
The left-back had previously joined the Violence and Discrimination campaign along with FIFA’s Stop Racism, posing in a black shirt alongside a total of 40 past and present football stars and Gianluigi Buffon, Rio Ferdinand, Gerard Pique, in a plea to end such episodes.
“It is inspiring to see that an increasing number of FIFA Legends and current professional players from different genders, ethnic and religious backgrounds use their platforms to echo FIFA’s messages to their fans around the globe,” FIFA Secretary-General Fatma Samoura said.
“It is inspiring to see that an increasing number of FIFA Legends and current professional players from different genders, ethnic and religious backgrounds use their platforms to echo FIFA’s messages to their fans around the globe. It’s time to shine an overdue spotlight on the treatment of black people and the many encounters of racism and violence in their everyday lives,” FIFA Secretary-General Fatma Samoura said.
Before the match, team-mate Toni Kroos of Brazil-who got Madrid off the mark after just four minutes on Sunday-anticipated the protests would and should spill over into La Liga.