German soccer team Hertha Berlin takes a knee

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The starting line-up, substitutes, chief executive Michael Preetz and chief coach Pal Dardai and his training staff took part in the gesture before the Bundesliga match against Schalke in the Olympic Stadium. "Hertha stands for diversity and is against violence".

"For a tolerant Berlin, now and forever".

Photo Players of Hertha Berlin knelt before their German Bundesliga soccer match against Schalke in Berlin on Saturday to show solidarity with N.F.L. players who have protested against social injustice.

Last year, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem to protest police mistreatment of black males.

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US President Donald Trump has heavily criticised the American protests. Here come the players of Hertha Berlin!

Hertha Berlin offered the world a vision of solidarity ahead of their Bundesliga game against Schalke by joining the #TakeAKnee movement now sweeping through the sporting world in the United States.

In the last few weeks the campaign against racism and for equality in the United States has taken a big step forward as more and more National Football League players have followed Colin Kaepernick in taking a knee. It's all about the hashtags, besides, nobody cares what Hertha Berlin stands for, you're a sports team! Of course, even when Ravens players took a knee before the anthem, fans still booed, so obviously it was never about that anyway. I think Hertha is living a good example to fight against this phenomenon.

"We wanted to make a stand against racism", Hertha captain Per Skjelbred said after the side's 2-0 defeat.

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