Berlin’s Hertha BSC soccer team used their game against Schalke 04 on Saturday to show support for the current #TakeAKnee movement in the US, especially popular among NFL players, by taking a knee of their own at the beginning of the match.
The players and coaching staff chose to make the gesture right before kickoff and not during the German national anthem, doing so in full support of American athletes who have received quite the pushback from President Trump, and not as a copycat movement against a German-born policy.
While taking the stance of solidarity, an announcement came over the stadium speakers to recognize the gesture, telling fans in the stands that “Berlin is colorful. Hertha BSC stands for diversity and against violence. For this reason, we are joining forces with the protest of our fellow American athletes to take a stand against discrimination. For a tolerant Berlin, both now and forevermore.”
Hertha BSC also took to Twitter after the game to spread their #TakeAKnee support, posting a photo of the team as they took the stance, along with a message similar to that announced during the game: