Jadon Sancho and Marcus Thuram, after scoring in their individual Bundesliga games on Sunday, sent a solid message of solidarity to those challenging the killing of George Floyd by American police. The two players lined up their signals on-field with social media posts calling for change.
After scoring for Borussia Dortmund against Paderborn the England winger uncovered a slogan on his undershirt. This followed the Borussia Mönchengladbach forward when his side beat Union Berlin earlier on Sunday, Thuram taking a knee in a goal celebration.
Sancho scored the second goal for Dortmund at Paderborn, at that point took off his shirt to reveal the message “Equity for George Floyd.” The 20-year-old was reserved for taking off his shirt by the official, Daniel Siebert, although different players in Dortmund demonstrated they also wore the message of help. Sancho proceeded to score a hat-stunt in the 6-1 win for Dortmund.
Sancho also posted a photo of himself from the game, adding bolster messages from individual players to his Instagram account, including Tammy Abraham and Toni Rüdiger.
Sancho and Thuram ‘s statements came amid riots in several U.S. urban communities, sparked by Floyd ‘s death in Minneapolis after a policeman bowed for several minutes at his neck as he pleaded he was unable to breathe. Thousands gathered in London on Sunday to fight the killing, demonstrating in Trafalgar Square and outside of the Battersea US Embassy.
After the game, Thuram tweeted: “Together is the means by which we push ahead, together is the manner by which we make a change #BLACK_LIVES_MATTERS.” Dortmund full-back Achraf Hamiki also displayed a tribute to Floyd after scoring, and later tweeted “together we will defeat racism! Equity.”
Thousands had gathered in Berlin, the German capital, to show their solidarity on Saturday.