The entire Hertha team and coaching staff dropped to a knee before their match on Saturday, showing solidarity with American athletes doing the same to protest racial inequality.
Prior to Hertha's Bundesliga encounter with Schalke, the club became the first European outfit to take a knee – a practice that has become common for many professional athletes in the United States.
Hertha BSC stands for tolerance and responsibility! For a tolerant Berlin and an open-minded world, now and forevermore! #TakeAKnee #hahohe pic.twitter.com/spZvRSGVxQ —Hertha Berlin (@HerthaBSC_EN) October 14, 2017
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the practice during last year's NFL campaign, protesting police violence and racial injustice by taking a knee during the American national anthem.
The protests have since spread to other NFL teams and other American sports, as the controversy was inflamed last month by U.S. President Donald Trump.
Trump has called for NFL teams to fire players who refuse to stand for the national anthem.
Though Germany does not play its national anthem prior to Bundesliga games, Hertha still took the opportunity to show their solidarity with the American movement.