Players raise fists, take a knee prior to return match

By Rory Carroll  | July 8, 2020 | Reuters

(Reuters) – Players raised gloved right fists and took a knee before Major League Soccer’s first match in four months on Wednesday in a show of solidarity with the ‘Black Lives Matter’ social justice movement.

Some players wore t-shirts over their jerseys with the words “Black and Proud” and “Silence is Violence” before the match, and the Orlando City and Inter Miami starting line-ups took a knee just before the ‘MLS is Back’ tournament kicked off.

The demonstration lasted eight minutes and 46 seconds, the amount of time Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on the neck of George Floyd, the 46-year-old Black man whose death in late May sparked nationwide protests.

 

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