German Soccer Team Kneels in Solidarity With NFL Players' Protests

Hertha Berlin players and staff all took a knee before Saturday’s match against Schalke. More

Hertha Berlin players and staff all took a knee before Saturday’s match against Schalke. More

The tweet also said the club stands for "a tolerant Berlin and an open-minded world, now and forevermore", before adding the hashtag #takeaknee.

Hertha Berlin players and coaches "took a knee" before their game against Schalke.

The players and staff of Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin took a knee before their game against Schalke on Saturday afternoon.

Despite Colin Kaepernick's repeated claims he was kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police brutality and racial discrimination in the United States, many, including the president, have ignored his actual message and instead have accused him and anyone who joined him of disrespecting the flag (not a thing) and the military (untrue).

The starters, coaches, subs, and team staff all took a knee and even the referees joined in.

"Hertha BSC stands for tolerance and responsibility! For this reason we are joining the protest of American athletes and setting a sign against discrimination", the stadium announcer told more than 50,000 fans attending the game at Berlin's Olympiastadion, originally built for the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany. "We are Berlin. We are an open-minded city, and we stand for diversity, and that's what the team and the club wanted to stand up for today".

"We're no longer living in the 18th century but in the 21st century".

Many view the movement to be a protest against the American flag and a sign of disrespect towards those in the US armed forces. Not in NFL, and not in football or soccer, like they call it in the US - it shouldn't exist in any sport, period. "If we can give some lessons there with that, then that's good".

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