Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho says that the need to address important global issues was the reason he decided to pay tribute to George Floyd during their 6-1 win over Paderborn.
Sancho netted three times in a 6-1 win over Paderborn on a weekend where violent protests around the death of the unarmed black man in the US at the hands of white police officer are ongoing.
He posted: "Solid performance from the team!! Delighted to get my first career hat trick, a bittersweet moment personally as there are more important things going on in the world today that we must address and help make a change.
"We shouldn't fear speaking out for what's right, we have to come together as one & fight for justice. We are stronger together! #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd".
George Floyd died in police custody in Minnesota after a white police officer knelt on his neck.
The incident sparked protests in cities across the United States and Sancho has used his platform to encourage people to "speak out for what's right" on Instagram.
Dortmund's next game is at home to Hertha Berlin where Sancho will hope to build on his outstanding performance.
Sancho continues to be linked with a move away from the German club with United especially keen, but Dortmund are unlikely to entertain any offer below £100m.