Bayern Munich players stand in solidarity against racism

Bayern Munich players celebrating against Eintracht Frankfurt. (Photo by ANDREAS GEBERT/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Bayern Munich players celebrating against Eintracht Frankfurt. (Photo by ANDREAS GEBERT/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /

Bayern Munich players voice opinions against racism amidst global protests.

It has been a difficult time across the United States of America and Europe after the death of George Floyd due to police brutality. His death had sparked protests across all America and Europe. Bayern Munich players have also voiced their strong opinions against racism.

Last week, various players in the Bundesliga showed solidarity with George Floyd. Borussia Dortmund winger revealed the message Justice for Floyd under his shirt after scoring against Paderborn. Achraf Hakimi, Weston McKennie, and Marcus Thuram were other Bundesliga players that paid tribute in the last game week.

DFB had decided against punishing players for issuing a political message, while FIFA also backed players to take a stand against racism. Die Roten players hadn’t done anything similar to these players during their game against Fortuna Dusseldorf. However, they are soon likely to show collective tribute to Floyd and send a strong statement against racism.

In an interview with DW Sports, Jerome Boateng expressed his shock regarding the recent events in the USA. The German defender insisted that players should use their voices to make a strong impact rather than just limiting it to social media messages.

"“I find it extremely upsetting because I’m often in America myself and I like the country and the culture a lot. But it’s nothing new; it’s something which is omnipresent. Racism is found everywhere, but it is extreme in the USA.”“Our voices are heard, we have a platform and we have reach. But I think it’s important that it’s not just limited to social media. Initiatives like Black Out Tuesday are all well and good but what we really need is to really get stuck in and do something, be that working with children or supporting other integration projects. Everybody can help.”"

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Boateng also spoke about his experiences when he was subjected to racism during growing up in Germany. The former German international insisted that education will play an important in eradicating racism. He admitted that the younger generation needs the right type of education to remove racism from society.

While talking to media this week (via The Independent), Joshua Kimmich also insisted that players have a special responsibility to send a strong message against racism. The German midfielder admitted that Die Roten is planning a collective effort to stand with George Floyd and against racism soon.

Rekordmeister has voiced their solidarity with people fighting for justice, fighting against racism on their social media platforms. However, the club needs to make a much bigger statement since they are one of the top clubs in Europe that have a big fanbase across the world.

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Apart from sending out messages on and off the pitch, clubs such as Bayern also need to team up with initiatives to support people fighting against racism and those who have suffered due to racism. The football clubs are part of the society, so using their reach to make a positive impact on the ongoing movement for equality and justice against racism.