Hertha Berlin 'take a knee' before game in solidarity with National Football League players

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Hertha Berlin finished sixth in the Bundesliga in the 2016-17 season

While Hertha's actions may have gained them goodwill around the world, it didn't help their performance on the pitch, losing 2-0 to Schalke.

The team tweeted "Hertha BSC stands for tolerance and responsibility!"

Hertha explained the action on Twitter, saying the team represents "a tolerant Berlin and an open-minded world, now and forevermore".

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Players of Hertha Berlin kneel before a match in Berlin on October 14, 2017.

"For this reason, we are joining forces with the protest of our fellow American athletes to take a stand against discrimination".

The action was meant to show solidarity with National Football League players who have been demonstrating against discrimination in the U.S.by kneeling, sitting or locking arms through the anthem before games. "If we can give some lessons there with that, then that's good". "There are some people, however, who are not that far ideologically yet", Hertha defender Sebastian Langkamp said.

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The series of protests began past year, with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick taking the stance during the American national anthem, as a demonstration against the treatment of black Americans by authorities.

It should be noted that the Bundesliga, like many European soccer leagues, do not regularly play their national anthem and it wasn't played today. "Berlin is colorful", the announcer said. It's not as bad in Germany as it is in other countries where black players have been brought to tears by fans serenading them with racist chants and slogans.

Footballer Salomon Kalou announced that they stood against racists and were meant to continue fighting against discrimination, which shouldn't exist in sport.

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