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Here’s How The Soccer World Is Reacting To Derek Chauvin Verdict

U.S. Soccer released a statement on the verdict in the murder of George Floyd.

While the soccer world was turned upside down early this week with the announcement of the European Super League — and its impending demise — the non-soccer world has been glued to the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who was filmed murdering George Floyd, a Black man, in broad daylight last year.

The jury quickly reached its verdict and the announcement went out shortly after 4 p.m. CT on Tuesday. Derek Chauvin was convicted on all three charges: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. 

Last summer, Floyd’s murder ignited a reckoning on race. A guilty verdict is nothing to celebrate and no substitute for policy reform (nor will it bring George Floyd back), but Tuesday’s conviction was, perhaps, a sign of progress a town over from where the police officer who shot Philando Castile dead was acquitted of all charges four years prior. 

The soccer community never once stayed silent on the Floyd murder, starting with Weston McKennie wearing a Justice For George armband in the Bundesliga. Not long after the guilty verdict was read, U.S. Soccer, MLS and NWSL clubs and American players spoke out about the conviction.

Here is a collection of the responses across the soccer landscape to the Derek Chauvin verdict.

U.S. Soccer

National Women’s Soccer League

Major League Soccer

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