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Sport Marseille players blasted for not taking the knee while Man City did

11:07  28 october  2020
11:07  28 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Turnaround at OM

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Manchester City players took a knee in their Champions League clash, but Marseille players did not and stood watching their opponents. Wait why aren't Marseille taking the knee ? Is it a French thing or what I don't understand pic.twitter.com/9aPnv0eSQr - bibo:flag_eg: (@FantasticFoden) October 27

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Marseille players did not take the knee before their Champions League encounter with Manchester City on Tuesday – but instead stood around the centre circle and watched while Raheem Sterling and his team-mates did.

Players, coaches and other staff have been taking the knee in England before games since June as a show of support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and it now symbolises the global fight against racism.

However, the gesture has not been adopted in France, which led to the jarring scenes at the Stade Velodrome seconds before kick-off.

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PSG and Manchester United avoided such scenes last week because both sets of players decided against the pre-match ritual at the Parc des Princes by instead getting the game underway as normal.

Olympiakos / OM live: on which channel and at what time to watch the match?

 Olympiakos / OM live: on which channel and at what time to watch the match? Olympique de Marseille travel to Greece to face Olympiakos this Wednesday, October 21 in the Champions League. The Marseille club is back in the prestigious European competition for the first time since 2013. On what channel and at what time to watch this Olympiakos / OM live? © Poupart Julien / ABACA Olympique de Marseille travel to Greece to face Olympiakos this Wednesday, October 21 in the Champions League.

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MAN CITY continued their perfect start to the Champions League with a dominant 3-0 win at Marseille 0-1 man city . 58. City doing much more of the same they did in the first half It's almost as if their players don't know when to arrive in the box when the likes of De Bruyne and Foden

However, while City remained intent on showing their support for the fight against racism, Andre Villas-Boas's men were seen stood huddled together in a line while the Premier League side took the knee.

Reports in France are suggesting that the Ligue 1 players opted for a one minute's silence instead to pay their respects to Samuel Paty – a French teacher who was murdered in a terrorist attack last week.

Despite this, fans online questioned why the Marseille players didn't take the knee while some claimed the hosts should be 'ashamed' and one Twitter user called the scene 'absolutely disgraceful'.

a group of men playing a game of football: Instead the Ligue 1 players opted to stand round the centre circle and watch City take the knee © Provided by Daily Mail Instead the Ligue 1 players opted to stand round the centre circle and watch City take the knee a person holding a football ball on a field: Raheem Sterling (front) and Kyle Walker are seen taking the knee moments before kick-off © Provided by Daily Mail Raheem Sterling (front) and Kyle Walker are seen taking the knee moments before kick-off

City would go on to cruise to a 3-0 victory in France thanks to goals from Ferran Torres, Ilkay Gundogan and Sterling as Pep Guardiola's men came out on top in the one-sided contest at the Stade Velodrome .

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 VIDEO. Curfew in the Bouches-du-Rhône: The village of Cornillon-Confoux files an appeal The mayor of Cornillon-Confloux, a small town of 1,400 inhabitants of the Aix-Marseille metropolis, has filed an appeal against the cover -fire in force since this weekend © SICCOLI PATRICK / SIPA The pediment of a courthouse.

Man City defender Aymeric Laporte puts in a strong challenge on Marseille 's Leonardo Balerdi as City try to keep their lead. Every Marseille player took up an average berth in their own half. It was a training exercise Sheffield United will give City more of a game on Saturday morning, do not doubt it.

The 20-year-old played 90 minutes as City strolled past opponents Marseille . But it was a first Guardiola hailed they way his City players brushed aside recent criticism to ease to a comfortable win on The important thing is for the club to be stable and the players to know what we are doing

The win puts City top of Group C after just two games and now Guardiola's side are already looking strong favourites to claim a place in the knockout stages.

City outclassed their hosts, whose cautious approach and deployment of a five-man defence failed to prevent the visitors taking charge from the outset.

Guardiola said after the game: 'It is a good result for us, especially for the performance. We didn't concede much and we created enough chances to win.

'Playing away in the Champions League is always tough. We have many examples last week and this week. They are doing really well, Marseille, in Ligue 1.

'It was really good, especially the way we played, defensively and offensively, attention to all the details. When a team plays in that way, 3-5-2, so defensive, you can lose your patience and you become impatient to attack, and after that they punish you with the counter-attacks and so on.

The record of shame awaits OM

 The record of shame awaits OM © Supplied by Sports.fr Equipe Marseille Olympique de Marseille could soon again enter the annals of the Champions League ... First club in history to have won the Champions League, the Olympique de Marseille has since experienced a difficult love affair with the most beautiful of European competitions. Firstly because the Marseille club ultimately maintains a long-distance relationship with C1, OM having thus had to be content with eight participations since the coronation of Munich in 1993.

Pep Guardiola hailed they way his Manchester City players brushed aside recent criticism to ease to a 3-0 Champions League win at Marseille on ' Playing away in the Champions League is always tough. We have many examples last week and this week. They are doing really well, Marseille , in Ligue 1.

Taking the knee has become a popular stance against racism, with many sports and sporting stars adopting the gesture. Lewis Hamilton and others were left ' taking the knee ' while others weren't in place. F1 has had other issues with showing solidarity against racism after some drivers Man City .

'We were calm in the right moments. Everybody was in his position and that helped a lot to win the game.'

a group of people playing football on a field: City eased to a 3-0 victory over Marseille in the Champions League on Tuesday night © Provided by Daily Mail City eased to a 3-0 victory over Marseille in the Champions League on Tuesday night Read more

OM, worst European champion in history? .
© Supplied by Sports.fr 40.38% defeats (42 out of 104) Winner of the first Champions League in history in 1993, finalist two years earlier, the Olympique de Marseille could present the worst record in C1 among the winners of the event in case of defeat in Porto next Wednesday. The Olympique de Marseille is about to enter the history of once again Video: Kean, follower of precocity records - Foot - C1 - PSG (Dailymotion) Champions League . Through the back door this time.

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