In A Show Of Solidarity With NFL Players, One German Soccer Team Took A Knee

“Hertha BSC stands for tolerance and responsibility!”

A German soccer team showed the continuing conversation about peaceful protests at sporting events is one that's not restricted to a particular country or a particular sport. On Saturday, both players and officials took a knee before a match in Berlin.  

The starting lineup of the Hertha Berlin team, as well as the club's coaching staff, general manager, club officials, and substitutes on the bench, linked arms and knelt on the field before starting yesterday's game. 

"Hertha BSC stands for tolerance and responsibility!" the team tweeted Saturday. "For a tolerant Berlin and an open-minded world, now and forevermore!"

The move has been seen as a sign of solidarity with athletes in the NFL, as players in the league have continued to kneel, sit or stand together during the national anthem despite harsh criticism. Former San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick was the first to do so last season in order to call attention to police brutality and racial injustice in the U.S.

"Hertha always stands against racism," player Salomon Kalou told reporters after the game, according to ESPN FC.  "If we can fight against that as a team, and as the city of Berlin, then that's something we want to do. The idea comes from the whole team. We stand against racism and we will always fight this behavior as a team, as a city."

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