The former German international Jérôme Boateng was shocked by the images of the brutal death of African-American George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis , The Bayern Munich player confessed this Sunday in an interview with Sky Sport .
« It was an unscrupulous murder that this time was recorded . It has also caused a mixture of anger, misunderstanding and compassion in me, "said Boateng.
The 31-year-old center-back said that he, too, had experienced racism on the pitch in Berlin , when he was insulted by other children and their parents. "But, also later, as is known, there has still been hostility in some areas," he said.
In his opinion, the global protests against racism, in which people speak out and show solidarity, they are "good and important. Many people love black culture, it is good that they also defend the people who represent it and demonstrate it. However, this must not be a two-week fad but must be established in the long term, there must be a change of mentality, "said Boateng, who called on everyone to get involved when Racist comments are made.
Floyd was killed in the US city of Minneapolis on May 25 in a brutal police operation. Since his death there have been several anti-racist protests and messages in German soccer, including those of the champion Bayern Munich.