Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool boss not expecting sporting boycotts in UK

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is not expecting the boycotting of sporting events over racial injustice to spread to the UK.

A series of major fixtures in the United States have been postponed in the last two days after NBA stars began boycotting games in protest at the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin last week.

Games in Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the National Hockey League and the WNBA have also been called off.

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Klopp was asked about the matter as he held a press conference to preview the Premier League champions’ season-opening Community Shield clash with Arsenal on Saturday.

Klopp said: “Whatever actions they take there they will have their reasons for it and I don’t see them at the moment coming in England, but we have to see.

“It is a worldwide issue but, at the moment for some specific cases, they are thinking about proper actions in America because another thing happened that shouldn’t have happened.

“That is why the players there do what they do but I don’t see it coming at the moment in England.”

The NBA issued a statement on Thursday saying it was hoping “to resume games either Friday or Saturday”.

There have since been reports players have agreed to return to action.

Megan Rapinoe, one of the stars of the United States team which won the women’s football World Cup in France last year, says “everyone should be outraged” by racism.

She said in a UEFA ‘No To Racism’ campaign video: “We have such a huge platform, and from an early age on this team I realised you can have such an impact off the field even just by saying something.

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