Mexico and US footballers unite to oppose Trump’s bigotry

November 17, 2016
Show of solidarity between Mexican and US footballers. Columbus, Ohio, November 11.

The Mexican and US national teams defied protocol on November 11 in their World Cup qualifier as they posed together for a team photograph. The move was a display of unity as US president-elect Donald Trump threatens to tear the two nations apart.

Mexico won the game, hosted in Ohio, with a 2-1 final score.

Normally, football teams pose separately before the game, but this time the players decided to pose together to strike back at Trump’s proposal to make Mexico pay for a wall between the two countries to keep immigrants out.

Mexican striker Oribe Peralta tweeted after the game: “No walls can stop us”.

After Trump’s controversial comments surrounding Mexican immigrants, who he has branded “rapists”, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto was criticised for inviting Trump to Mexico when the president-elect was still in the race against Hillary Clinton.

[Abridged from TeleSUR English.]

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