Soccer Aid: Olly Murs takes the knee alongside fellow stars before kick-off in support of Black Lives Matter movement
Olly Murs and fellow celebrity players showed their support towards the Black Lives Matter movement at annual charity game Soccer Aid at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday.
The captain for the England football team, 36, knelt to the ground alongside the likes of teammate Danny Jones and Rest of The World players DJ Locksmith and guitarist Sergio Pizzorno as a powerful symbol against racism.
Black Lives Matter has been recognised worldwide in recent months after a video surfaced of a white officer Derek Chauvin killing unarmed black man George Floyd by crushing his neck with his knee in Minneapolis back in May.
American footballer Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem kneeling protest staged in 2016 has since become synonymous with the movement.
Sky Sports pundit Alex Scott has urged English football to press on with support for the campaign next season.
The former Arsenal women’s star said clubs, players and staff should continue their displays against discrimination after a year that has seen the world of sport play a huge part in bringing awareness by striking, taking a knee before games and wearing the movement’s message on jerseys.
The death of George triggered protests around the world and those demonstrations reached many sports – with the Premier League featuring Black Lives Matter on shirts instead of player names.
Clubs kneeled before each game in the restart and there are plans to keep that show of support going for the 2020-21 campaign.
‘We still need to keep the Black Lives Matter movement going,’ former Strictly star Alex, 35, said after England’s 1-0 win over Iceland in the Nations League on Saturday.
‘Basketball players in the play-offs are boycotting games. We just need to keep going. We need to keep it at the forefront of people’s conversation. So any opportunity we can, we need to shine a light on it.’