The Black lives Matter Movement has become a global phenomenon and players, coaches and all the other staff have been taking the knee in England in support of the Black Lives Matter movement since June. The taking of the knee before a game has now become a symbol of the global fight against racism.
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However this gesture was never adopted in France and hence strange scenes were seen at Stade Velodrome ahead of the UCL tie of Manchester city vs Olympique Marseille. On one hand the Manchester city players took the knee in support of the BLM movement and on the other side of the pitch, the Ligue 1 players stood around the centre circle and watched.
This act did not fare well with a lot of people. Many people called it a disgrace, while many claimed that the hosts should be ashamed of themselves.
Few days back, PSG and Manchester United came to a conclusion of not doing the pre- match rituals of bending the knee and the match started as usual at Parc des Prince, France.
Reports in France have suggested that the Ligue 1 players had instead opted for a one minute’s silence to pay their respects to Samuel Paty- a French teacher who was murdered in a terrorist attack few days prior to the match.
The tie was a fairly easy one for Pep Guardiola’s side who secured a comfortable 3-0 victory in France. City manager Pep Guardiola said after the game: 'It is a good result for us, especially for the performance. We didn't concede much and we created enough chances to win.
'Playing away in the Champions League is always tough. We have many examples last week and this week. They are doing really well, Marseille, in Ligue 1.
'It was really good, especially the way we played, defensively and offensively, attention to all the details. When a team plays in that way, 3-5-2, so defensive, you can lose your patience and you become impatient to attack, and after that they punish you with the counter-attacks and so on.
'We were calm in the right moments. Everybody was in his position and that helped a lot to win the game.'
The scenes at Stade Velodrome were indeed strange but there is no doubt that the players support the Black Lives Movement irrespective of them bending the knee.