American McKennie wears 'Justice for George' armband in Bundesliga game

FILE PHOTO: Football Soccer – Bundesliga – Schalke 04 v TSG Hoffenheim – Veltins-Area, Gelsenkirchen, Germany – March 7, 2020 Schalke 04’s Weston McKennie after the fit REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen DFL laws limit any use of pictures as symbol sequences and/or quasi-video

(Reuters) – United States football participant Weston McKennie joined the refrain of concern from athletes protesting in opposition to the loss of life of a black guy in Minneapolis by means of dressed in an armband with the message “Justice for George” in a German league recreation on Saturday.

Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin used to be charged on Friday with homicide within the loss of life of unarmed 46-year-old George Floyd after cellular phone photos of the white officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck caused a wave of protests.

Schalke 04’s McKennie adopted a number of different present and previous athletes, together with NBA champion Stephen Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers ahead LeBron James and teen tennis participant Coco Gauff, who’ve additionally spoken out about Floyd’s loss of life.

“So that you could use my platform to deliver consideration to an issue that has been occurring too lengthy feels excellent,” McKennie tweeted here after Schalke’s Bundesliga fit as opposed to Werder Bremen.

“We need to rise up for what we consider in and I consider that it’s time that we’re heard,” he added, the usage of the hashtags “justiceforgeorgefloyd” and “saynotoracism”.

The 21-year-old midfielder, who grew up in Texas however grew to become down a freelance from FC Dallas to signal for Schalke in 2016, has scored two times in 20 league video games this season for the German membership, who misplaced 1-Zero at house on Saturday.

McKennie has performed 19 occasions for the U.S. nationwide workforce, scoring six objectives and making 3 assists.

Reporting by means of Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Enhancing by means of Ken Ferris

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