On Sunday in Germany, during a match in the top flight of that nation’s pro soccer league, Marcus Thuram scored a goal. Before joining in the celebration with teammates, he strode to a spot and took a knee.
In Dortmund, at another Bundesliga match, winger Jadon Sancho scored a goal, then lifted his shirt to reveal a written message: “Justice for George Floyd.”
In Europe, few told those players to “stick to sports,” as they do in America when black athletes speak out on matters of social justice. Yet in Europe as in America, sport is politics.