Liverpool players knelt down at Anfield on Monday in a tribute to George Floyd and the image was shared on social media with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.
Floyd, who is black, died in police custody in Minnesota after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes. The incident sparked protests in cities across the United States. The protests have now spread to Europe with people gathering in London and Berlin.
Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was charged in the death of the 46-year-old Floyd.
Liverpool players including Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander Arnold, Andrew Robertson, Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner shared the image of the squad paying tribute to Floyd and the club retweeted the pictures before sharing it themselves.
On Tuesday, Chelsea shared a similar picture on their Twitter account with members of their first-team squad kneeling to form an H alongside the message: "Before training at Cobham this morning, the Chelsea players and coaching staff formed the letter H, for humans, and knelt in a show of support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement." Newcastle did the same with the message "United as one."
The kneeling was similar to a gesture made by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who in 2016 began kneeling during the U.S. national anthem to protest police brutality.
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During the past few days I have thought a lot about how to express my feelings about what happened in Minneapolis. I felt anger, pity, hatred, indignation, pain, sadness. Sadness for George and for all black people who suffer from racism EVERY DAY! Whether in football, at work, at school, ANYWHERE! This has to stop, once and for all! Not tomorrow or the next day, it has to end TODAY! Violent acts of racism can no longer be tolerated. I can't tolerate I won't tolerate WE WON'T TOLERATE Racism is ignorance LOVE is intelligence STOP the silence STOP racism #NoToRacismWeAllOne #JusticeForFloyd #GeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatter
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba posted on Instagram on Monday to speak out against racism. He said: "During the past few days I have thought a lot about how to express my feelings about what happened in Minneapolis. I felt anger, pity, hatred, indignation, pain, sadness.
"Sadness for George and for all black people who suffer from racism EVERY DAY! Whether in football, at work, at school, ANYWHERE!
"This has to stop, once and for all! Not tomorrow or the next day, it has to end TODAY!"
Players from around the world have spoken out about Floyd's death. Kylian Mbappe tweeted out the hashtag #JusticeForGeorge on Saturday, before posting an image on Monday that read: "Police with us, not against us!" It also shows people of various skin colours and professions holding hands with a space left open for a lone police officer to join.