Marcelo knee to support 'black lives matter' as goal celebration

Marcelo knee to support 'black lives matter' as goal celebration

Marcelo knee to support 'black lives matter' as goal celebration against Eibar. He became the latest footballer to 'take a knee' in solidarity with Black Lives Matter following his goal on Sunday.

Protests began in the United States and later spread across the world regarding the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, after police officer Derek Chauvin been responsible for his death.

Several players have also shown their support, following Weston McKennie, Jadon Sancho and Marcos Thuram sending Black Lives Matters messages in Bundesliga games

Moreover, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund also transmitted anti-racist messages prior to games.

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Marcelo scored at 37 minutes into Madrid's first game in La Liga after returning from the lockdown following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Brazil International had previously joined FIFA's Stop Racism, Violence and Discrimination campaign, posing in a black shirt alongside Gianluigi Buffon, Rio Ferdinand, Gerard Pique and a total of 40 football stars past and present in an aim to put an end to racism.

"It’s reassuring to see that every day a growing number of FIFA Legends and current professional players from different genders, racial and religious backgrounds are using their platforms to echo FIFA’s messages to their fans around the globe," said FIFA Secretary-General Fatma Samoura.

"It’s time that an overdue spotlight is shone on the treatment of black people and the racism and violence many encounter in their daily lives.

"To all these footballers, I am proud of your commitment to fighting for what is right and I encourage others to add their voices to this important message in the coming days.”

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Prior to the match, the Brazilian's team-mate Toni Kroos - who got Madrid off the mark on Sunday after just four minutes - anticipated that the protests would and should spill over into La Liga.

'I imagine that players in Spain will want to show solidarity with it," he told DAZN and Goal of the BLM movement.

"It cannot be ruled out and certainly not condemned. He added

"It’s incredible that such acts are still happening. But it’s good that a rethink is taking place now. I hope that we can help those affected by it to some extent."

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