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Hertha Berlin ‘takes a knee’ in solidarity with NFL players

Hertha Berlin's players kneel down before the German

Hertha Berlin's players kneel down before the German Bundesliga soccer match against FC Schalke in Berlin, Germany on Oct. 14, 2017. Credit: BILAN/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock

The “take a knee” movement crossed the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday morning, players and coaches from German soccer team Hertha Berlin kneed before their against visiting Schalke in a call for “tolerance and responsibility.”

Hertha’s starting lineup linked arms and took a knee on the pitch, while Pal Dardai’s coaching staff, general manager Michael Preetz, club officials and substitutes took a knee off it before playing Schalke.

“Hertha BSC stands for tolerance and responsibility! For a tolerant Berlin and an open-minded world, now and forevermore!” the club said on Twitter.

Forward Salomon Kalou also voiced his support on the social media network.

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

The action was intended to show solidarity with NFL players who have been protesting police treatment of blacks and social injustice in the U.S. by kneeling, sitting or locking arms through the anthem before games.

Last year, then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the movement, which has been harshly criticized by President Donald Trump.

“We’re no longer living in the 18th century but in the 21st century. There are some people, however, who are not that far ideologically yet,” Hertha defender Sebastian Langkamp told Sky TV at halftime. “If we can give some lessons there with that, then that’s good.”

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