England visited Poland to play their sixth match of the Group I fixtures in the World Cup qualifiers on Wednesday.
The match ended 1-1, but the moment of the game arrived before kick-off.
England players, who were recently subjected to unwanted racist chants during their match against Hungary, took a stand once again when they played Poland.
It has become customary for some teams to take the knee as a mark of resistance against racism, and that is exactly what England did before their match against Poland.
The Polish fans reacted with hostility towards England’s gesture.
Watching the event unfold, Poland captain Robert Lewandowski decided to intervene.
With the cameras pointed at Lewandowski, the Bayern Munich striker pointed towards the ‘respect’ badge on his jersey.
It was a clear mark of support to the England team from Lewandowski and went viral on social media.
The fight against racism is one of the many facets of what makes football a special game.
There are numerous instances of players being racially profiled and abused.
However, many people within the sport stand up against such vile hatred.
The English football team have been fighting the good fight and are rightly continuing to do so.
Taking a knee is not only a gesture of solidarity but also a timely reminder to every racist in the world.
It sends the message that for every one person who stoops to racial profiling, an entire team will come together to wipe out their hatred.
Lewandowski rightfully realised the significance of the gesture.
The champion athlete showed his class beyond football by marking the moment with ‘respect’.
In football, even the fiercest rivals on the pitch can come together to take a stand for humanity.
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