Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was left in “anger, pity, hatred, indignation, pain” and “sadness” over the death of George Floyd in police custody and has called for an end to racism “once and for all”.
Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man, died in Minnesota last week after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes.
The four officers at the scene have been fired from the Minneapolis Police Department and Chauvin has been charged with murder.
The incident has sparked widespread outrage across the globe at racial injustice and police brutality, with some protests having turned into violent riots in the United States.
And Pogba penned a passionate Instagram post as he showed solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
“During the past few days I have thought a lot about how to express my feelings about what happened in Minneapolis,” Pogba wrote.
“I felt anger, pity, hatred, indignation, pain, sadness.
“Sadness for George and for all black people who suffer from racism EVERY DAY!
“Whether in football, at work, at school, ANYWHERE! This has to stop, once and for all!
“Not tomorrow or the next day, it has to end TODAY! Violent acts of racism can no longer be tolerated.
“I can’t tolerate. I won’t tolerate. WE WON’T TOLERATE.
“Racism is ignorance. LOVE is intelligence.”
Pogba’s United team-mate Marcus Rashford also wrote on Instagram and Twitter: “I know you guys haven’t heard from me in a few days.
“I’ve been trying to process what is going on in the world.
“At a time [when] I’ve been asking people to come together, work together and be united, we appear more divided than ever.
“People are hurting and people need answers.
“Black lives matter. Black culture matters. Black communities matter. We matter. #justiceforgeorgefloyd #justiceforahmaudarbery #justiceforbreonnataylor.”
Liverpool’s first-team squad, led by Gini Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk, also showed their collective solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
The club’s official website posted: “The entire Liverpool squad knelt in Anfield’s centre circle ahead of a training session on Monday in a powerful show of support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Following the death of George Floyd in the United States, and the subsequent global reaction, the Reds players wanted to show solidarity.
“It was a moment initiated by the playing squad, who then subsequently took to their own individual social media accounts to post the image with the caption: ‘Unity is strength. #BlackLivesMatter’.”
While an official club statement from Chelsea read on Monday night: “Chelsea Football Club stands together with George Floyd and all victims in the fight against discrimination, brutality and injustice.
“As a club we are committed to being a part of the solution, and we are joining our voice to all those calling for fairness, equality and meaningful change.
“Enough is enough. Together we are stronger.”
It comes after a weekend in which several Bundesliga players, including Rashford’s England team-mate Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund, revealed ‘Justice for George Floyd’ messages during matches.
Published at Mon, 01 Jun 2020 18:59:00 +0000