Olivier Giroud scored the winning goal as Chelsea came back from behind to beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Villa Park on Sunday and the French striker has since explained the reasons behind taking a knee and pointing to the heavens after his goal.
“It was just a tribute to George Floyd and Black Lives Matter, and also because I always point my fingers to the sky because I’m Christian,” explained Giroud on Tuesday as quoted by Chelsea.com.
“As a Christian, I feel we live in a difficult time and I would love people to show more love to each other and eradicate this kind of hate.
“I think we should stick together, and we need to show more respect and support, humility and love to each other,” added the Chelsea hitman.
Giroud went on to state that it felt good to be back in action after three months.
“Personally, I feel very good. Physically I felt good. We’ve been working with the team, with the squad at training and we just had a strong desire to show our commitment and determination.”
Before training at Cobham this morning, the Chelsea players and coaching staff formed the letter H, for humans, and knelt in a show of support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement. pic.twitter.com/yI6kAywa93
— Chelsea FC (at 🏡) (@ChelseaFC) June 2, 2020
By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi