Henry takes a knee for eight minutes 46 seconds in Black Lives Matter tribute

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry took a knee for eight minutes and 46 seconds in a powerful statement of support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Henry was taking charge of Montreal Impact's game against New England Revolution in the MLS is Back tournament when he made the poignant gesture in memory of George Floyd.

Wearing a 'Black Lives Matter' T-shirt, Montreal's manager went down on one knee for the first 8:46 of his team's opening game in the tournament.

That is the amount of time prosecutors originally said that police officer Derek Chauvin had kneeled on Mr Floyd's neck in the lead-up to his death.

Henry scored 228 goals for Arsenal, helping them to two Premier League titles – including the unbeaten 'Invincibles' campaign – and two FA Cups.

He also won the Champions League and Club World Cup with Barcelona, and is in his first season as Montreal Impact manager.

The 42-year-old's gesture came the day after members of the MLS's Black Players for Change initiative demonstrated before the start of the league's first matches since returning from its coronavirus-enforced hiatus.

The group, comprised of players from across multiple teams, stood in unison and raised their right fists in the air while sporting black gloves.

The Black Players for Change group was formed in the days following Floyd's death on May 25.

Its Twitter page describes its mission as "working to bring more inclusion across all of MLS. Here to elevate and amplify our Black voices and Black communities."

Toronto FC fullback Justin Morrow, the group's executive director said this week that incidents such as the death of Mr Floyd should not be forgotten.

"We've seen time and time again, the cycle of violence that happens in North America, where someone is killed – a black man, or a black woman is killed – and something else happens and people forget," he told The Tennessean.

"It's our responsibility to carry this message and make sure that (forgetting) does not happen again."

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Taking a knee was popularised by former San Francisco 49ers quarter-back quarter-back Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick refused to stand for the US national anthem ahead of NFL games in protest at police brutality and racial inequality, but chose to kneel out of respect for the country's war veterans.

The 32-year-old has not played in the NFL since 2016 following a legal dispute with the league, which was settled last year.

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