A combination of 40 FIFA legends and current professional footballers, each sporting a black jersey, have taken their message of #StopRacism, #StopViolence and #StopDiscrimination to social media during the past week, a spontaneous plea that has to date reached over 44 million fans worldwide.
“It’s reassuring to see that every day a growing number of FIFA Legends and current professional players from different genders, racial and religious backgrounds are using their platforms to echo FIFA’s messages to their fans around the globe,” said Fifa Secretary-General Fatma Samoura.
“It’s time that an overdue spotlight is shone on the treatment of black people and the racism and violence many encounter in their daily lives. To all these footballers, I am proud of your commitment to fighting for what is right and I encourage others to add their voices to this important message in the coming days.”
The 40 players to date who have worn the black jersey and posted on social media are: Lucy Bronze (England & Olympique Lyonnais), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Wilfredo Caballero (Chelsea), Tim Cahill (FIFA Legend), Iker Casillas (FIFA Legend), Deyna Castellanos (Venezuela & Club Atlético de Madrid).
Giorgio Chiellini (Italy & Juventus), Alessandro Del Piero (FIFA Legend), Marcel Desailly (FIFA Legend), Youri Djorkaeff (FIFA Legend), Didier Drogba (FIFA Legend), Toni Duggan (England & Club Atlético de Madrid), Radamel Falcao (Colombia & Galatasaray), Felipe Anderson (Brazil & West Ham United), Rio Ferdinand (FIFA Legend) Gabriel Jesus (Brazil & Manchester City).
Luis García (FIFA Legend), Laura Georges (FIFA Legend), Anouk Hoogendijk (FIFA Legend), Steph Houghton (England & Manchester City), Jorginho Frello (Italy & Chelsea), Kaká (FIFA Legend), Aymeric Laporte (France & Manchester City), Marcelo (Brazil & Real Madrid), Lieke Martens (Netherlands & Barcelona), Michael Owen (FIFA Legend), Gerard Piqué (Spain & Barcelona).
Andrea Pirlo (FIFA Legend), Carles Puyol (FIFA Legend), Wendie Renard (France & Olympique Lyonnais), Roberto Carlos (FIFA Legend), Ronaldo (FIFA Legend), Peter Schmeichel (FIFA Legend), Julia Simic (West Ham United), Óliver Torres (Sevilla), Yaya Touré (FIFA Legend), Christian Vieri (FIFA Legend), David Villa (FIFA Legend), Javier Zanetti (FIFA Legend) and Zé Roberto (FIFA Legend).
"We all must say no to racism & any form of discrimination." Thank you @FIFAcom President for your unequivocal statement & powerful message. #GeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMattter #stopracism #stopdiscrimination #stopviolence pic.twitter.com/xdwsmL3Tub
— Fatma Samoura (@fatma_samoura) June 2, 2020