Borussia Moenchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram made an apparent show of solidarity with protests at the death of George Floyd in the US as he took a knee after scoring in the Bundesliga clash against Union Berlin on Sunday.
Thuram headed into the net in the 41st minute of the match to put his team 2-0 ahead, then dropped to one knee in a gesture reminiscent of that by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his protests against racial injustice in the US.
Powerful moment here at Borussia-Park as Marcus Thuram takes the knee after scoring.@borussia_en are now two nil up just before the break.Watch live now on HD11 📺#beINBundesliga#BMGFCUpic.twitter.com/PZQ4pBs2GP
The revival of the symbol by the 22-year-old Thuram comes as protests continue to rage across the US after the death of African American George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis.
Thuram – who is the son of French World Cup winner and national footballing icon Lilian Thuram – struck again in the 59th minute of the game against Union at the Borussia-Park stadium, restoring a two-goal cushion after Sebastian Andersson had pulled a goal back for the visitors.
Alassane Plea then added a fourth late on as Moenchengladbach moved up to third in the table, keeping themselves firmly in the hunt for Champions League football.
Marcus Thuram: ⚽⚽Alassane Plea: ⚽ 🅰️🅰️An unstoppable duo today 🔥#BMGFCU 4-1 pic.twitter.com/YktVfSi6Tz
On Saturday US international Weston McKennie, who plays for Bundesliga team Schalke 04, wore an armband with the message “Justice for George” written on it in his team’s match against Werder Bremen.
To be able to use my platform to bring attention to a problem that has been going on to long feels good!!! We have to stand up for what we believe in and I believe that it is time that we are heard! #justiceforgeorgefloyd#saynotoracismpic.twitter.com/TRB1AGm0Qx