Hertha Berlin offered the world a vision of solidarity ahead of their Bundesliga game against Schalke by joining the #TakeAKnee movement currently sweeping through the sporting world in the United States.

“Hertha BSC stands for tolerance and responsibility. For a tolerant Berlin and an open-minded world, now and forevermore,” the club tweeted as players from the home side knelt in the centre circle of the Olympiastadion prior to kick-off.

The #TakeAKnee campaign started in the US last year when former San Francisco 49ers quarter-back Colin Kapernick knelt during his country’s national anthem as a way of protesting against racism. With the movement gaining huge momentum in the United States, Hertha Berlin have taken it to Europe with images of players and coaching staff kneeling and linking arms certain to raise further awareness around the issue of tolerance.  

Watch: Hertha players #TakeAKnee prior to Schalke defeat

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