London The political signs at the European Football Championship continue. Before the classic against England, the German team kneels with the opponent. The reactions are mostly positive.
As a sign against racism, the national soccer players from England and Germany knelt shortly before the European Championship round of 16 in London – national coach Joachim Löw also joined them.
The 61-year-old went to the ground a few seconds before kick-off on Tuesday evening, as did his English colleague Gareth Southgate as a sign against racism. Again there were isolated boos during the gesture, but the vast majority of the up to 45,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium applauded loudly.
Germany’s captain Manuel Neuer had previously announced that the German players will get on their knees like their English colleagues. Several teams had already made this gesture at the European Championship. After the violent death of the American George Floyd, more and more athletes fell on their knees – known in football from the English Premier League – before games or after goals and successes.
“Two teams. A message”
The English Football Association posted a picture of the gesture with the text: “Two teams. A message. ”The DFB also posted a verbatim message online. The hashtag #Kniefall trended on Twitter during the game. “I don’t care about the result. I’m just happy about new trends! #NoHate #NoRacism #NoHomophobia “, wrote the user Oliver von Dobrowolski. There was both a lot of encouragement and criticism of the protest. “The tweets against the planned #knieffall show how necessary it is,” wrote one user.
Bundestag Vice President Claudia Roth (Greens) praised the protest before the game. It “is an important signal and testifies to socio-political responsibility”, said the politician to the portal “watson.de”. “Nobody can seriously say that politics and sport have nothing to do with each other. It’s about human rights and human dignity. “
In addition, Neuer and his English counterpart Harry Kane wore a captain’s armband in rainbow colors. The colors are a symbol of tolerance and sexual and gender diversity. There was a lot of praise for this symbolism, but also demands for concrete consequences in everyday football.
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