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Published: Mon, October 16, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Hertha Berlin footballers kneel for 'tolerance' in solidarity with USA protests

Hertha Berlin footballers kneel for 'tolerance' in solidarity with USA protests

Before their game vs. Schalke, Hertha knelt and locked arms for "tolerance and responsibility".

Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin have shown solidarity with USA sports stars by taking a knee ahead of their game with Schalke on Saturday afternoon.

The gesture by the German club is a tribute to the protest started by San Francisco 49ers National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick aimed at protesting racism and police brutality against black Americans.

Kaepernick started his protest past year when he sat down as the American national anthem was played during a pre-season American football game in 2016. "For a tolerant Berlin and an open-minded world, now and forevermore!" the club said on Twitter.

"Hertha Berlin stands for diversity and against violence".

"If we can give some lessons there with that, then that's good", Kalou said.

"We are living in the 21st century, not the 18th century, but there are some people who haven't developed their ideologies accordingly", Hertha player Sebastian Langkamp told Sky Sports, according to newspaper Die Welt.

US President Donald Trump said at the time NFL owners "should do something" about the players who are taking a knee during the National Anthem before the games, saying "it's very disrespectful to our country" and "very, very disrespectful to our flag". "We stand against racism and we will always fight this behaviour as a team, as a city". "We are always going to fight against this kind of behavior, as a team and as a city", said Kalou, an Ivory Coast worldwide who also said the team reached a unanimous decision to kneel. "It shouldn't exist in any sport, period".

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