Hertha Berlin footballers kneel for 'tolerance' in solidarity with U.S. protests

Katrina Barker
October 16, 2017

Schalke won the match thanks to second-half goals from Leon Goretzka and Guido Burgstaller after Hertha Berlin had Genki Haraguchi sent off for a bad challenge on Burgstaller in the 44th minute.

In a statement posted on their official Twitter feed, the club wrote: "Hertha BSC stands for tolerance and responsibility!"

"Hertha Berlin stands for diversity and against violence".

The German soccer team Hertha Berlin linked arms and knelt before their match with Schalke as a show of solidarity with National Football League players. "For this reason, we are joining with the protest of fellow American athletes to take a stand against discrimination". "There are some people, however, who are not that far ideologically yet", Hertha defender Sebastian Langkamp told Sky TV at halftime.

Ivory Coast forward forward Salomon Kalou said the entire team had been unanimous in supporting the decision to protest by taking a knee.

German soccer has had problems in the past with fans screaming racial slurs at African players who play in the Bundesliga and chanting Nazi slogans. "If we can give some lessons there with that, then that's good".

Kneeling as a form of silent protest began past year, when former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did it while the national anthem was being played before a preseason game.

It is unclear whether they took the knee before, after or during the German National Anthem.

New Orleans Saints take a knee before their match at Wembley. "We are always going to fight against this kind of behavior, as a team and as a city", said Kalou, an Ivory Coast global who also said the team reached a unanimous decision to kneel. We are always going to fight against this kind of behaviour, as a team and as a city.

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