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#BlackLivesMatter: Mo Salah calls to kick racism out of football

Mohamed Salah is a player for Liverpool [Getty]

Date of publication: 15 June, 2020

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Mo Salah has posted in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, calling to fight racism in football.
Egyptian football star Mohamed Salah sent a message in solidarity with the Black community and urged the footballing world to fight racism and other aspects of life.

"We are all working together to eliminate racial discrimination wherever it is. We want society to be based on equality and respect regardless of colour or race," Salah said on his Instagram story.

The Liverpool star added: "What is happening requires all members of the football world to join hands, players, referees, coaches and officials, in order to respond strongly to what is happening inside and outside the stadiums."

Salah is not only a record-breaking goal scorer, but also one of the most visibly Muslim players in the UK.

The superstar player regularly performs an Islamic prostration to thank God every time he scores a goal, an action which has been included in the FIFA 2019 video game.

Read more: Arabs send US demonstrators advice on how to protest safely amid Black Lives Matter uprising

Liverpool players have already made a stand in solidarity with George Floyd, the Black man who was killed by police in the US, triggering worldwide protests.

The football team released a photo taking a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The photo was shared by football players with the caption: “Unity is strength #BlackLivesMatter”.

George Floyd, an African American man killed in police custody last month, sparked global outrage and reignited Black Lives Matter protests.

A video of the incident with Floyd pleading for his life in Minneapolis as a white police officer knelt on his neck was widely condemned and led to global calls to stamp out racism.

The protests across the US are the most serious and widespread civil unrest in the country since Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968.

The police officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with second-degree murder while three fellow officers face lesser charges.

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