Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph has backed athletes throwing their weight behind the Black Lives Matter campaign.
NBA play-off fixtures in the United States were postponed last week as players protested following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin – with other north American sports soon following their lead.
It came months after the killing of George Floyd in America which led to widespread protests that included Premier League footballers.
Randolph, whose American father Ed initially left the country to play basketball in Northern Ireland, said: “It’s a situation that is obviously not going to go away anytime soon.
“When the whole George Floyd incident happened, there have been several incidents afterwards, so therefore the message still hasn’t sunk in. People haven’t been educated on it properly."