The decision of the Blues to put the knee on the ground before the match against Germany, this Tuesday (9 p.m.) at the Euro, was invited into the political debate. But the players only want to support the victims of violence and racist attacks.
Since the press conference of Hugo Lloris Monday, the subject is talking. The Blues will kneel down on Tuesday for their entry into the Euro competition against Germany (9 p.m.). They had already done it against Wales (3-0) in a preparation match, without this giving rise to discussion. A little less than two weeks later, the tone changed in the face of the Euro sounding board and the gesture was invited into the political debate.
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The Blues see it simply as a gesture of support for the victims of violence and racist attacks in the world, in line with the #BlackLivesMatter movement, relaunched after the death of George Floyd in May 2020 in the United States, during a police intervention.
Some executives of the Blues have been deeply affected by the latest events in the world and wish to take advantage of the importance of the Euro to highlight their support. A conviction that was imposed simply without much discussion in the locker room and without any animosity. A very natural gesture.
“There is no form of repentance towards history or protest towards anyone, assures a close to the Blues locker room. Just natural support as some have been able to do in a club.”
An international agent who represents several players playing the Euro with different selections is annoyed by the extent of the subject. “Other selections will bring the knee to the ground, he underlines with reference to England and Belgium, whose players have been whistled by the Russian public for this posture. If France – which is the country of Enlightenment and humanist values - had not put the knee to the ground, we would have found a way to create a controversy too. Let us respect the convictions of the players and stop useless instrumentalisation. “
Throughout the year, several players from the France team who play in the biggest European clubs have put their knees on the ground in the Champions League to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Some players do not understand the political recovery that some have been doing for a few hours in France.