Munich (dpa) – Bayern star Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting emphasized the importance of such actions after his symbolic gesture against racism in celebrating the goal.
“You must lead by example, we must in no way stop fighting racism,” said the Munich striker after the 2-0 Champions League victory against Lokomotiv Moscow. “The fight against it continues. You can’t look the other way, you have to be active and take a stand,” said Cameroon’s longtime national footballer.
After his goal to the final score, the 31-year-old, like American footballer Colin Kaepernick, got on one knee and threw a fist in the air. The same gesture had previously shown the former teammates of Choupo-Moting from Paris Saint-Germain and the pros from Basaksehir Istanbul before the game, which was canceled on Tuesday, continued on Wednesday evening.
Both teams had left the field in Paris the day before in protest after the fourth official reportedly referred to Istanbul assistant coach Pierre Webo with what is known in Germany as the “N-word”.
“It’s still sad to see this still happening. It was a very good reaction from both sides Paris and Basaksehir,” said Choupo-Moting, who played for PSG last season. “Respect for both teams. I think everyone in the world has seen it.”
Coach Hansi Flick praised his attacker’s response. “We have a role model function. You have to show respect for the players, that’s exactly the right gesture,” said the Munich coach.