German defender Jerôme Boateng from Bayern Munich urges players to kneel before the Champions League matches as a sign of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement against racism and social inequality. The thirty-one-year-old dark-skinned stopper has personal experience with racism.
“It is very important that we continue with this in the Champions League. Especially in the final rounds, which will be watched all over the world. Perhaps other athletes will join us.” said Boateng, who has already talked about racism with Bayern teammates Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka.
“They asked me how they can support it and what it’s like to face racism. I told them what happened to me and why it’s so painful to have to listen to things like that.” added the 2014 world champion.
Bayern is in a good position ahead of the Champions League eight-final retaliation with Chelsea, which will be played next Saturday. He won the first match before the interruption of the competition due to the coronavirus in London 3: 0.
For example, British Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton and other athletes are heavily involved in the Black Lives Matter movement, which was triggered by the May death of unarmed black George Floyd during an arrest in Minneapolis.