‘Don’t punish anti-racist footballers’, FIFA says

Footballer Jadon Sancho shows George Floyd solidarity shirt

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

World football association FIFA has called on national football associations to use ‘common sense’ and to consider not imposing sanctions on players who seek justice during matches for black American George Floyd, who was killed by police brutality.

It is a remarkable position by FIFA, which has strictly monitored since football regulations in 2014 that players do not convey political, religious or personal messages during football matches, for example by writings on their undershirts. FIFA, however, makes an exception for the statements of support to Floyd, given the huge impact of the event in Minneapolis. ..

Yellow card

In the Bundesliga [German professional soccer competition] last weekend, various players reflected on the violent police action against Floyd. Eg, Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund showed the text ‘Justice for George Floyd’ after his first goal against SC Paderborn.

Because the young Englishman took off his shirt, he received a yellow card. Teammate Achraf Hakimi, who had the same message but only pulled his jersey up, was spared that.

Schalke 04 player Weston McKennie wore an armband with the same text on Saturday, while Marcus Thuram of Borussia Mönchengladbach knelt on Sunday after his first hit, the sign of protest against racial violence introduced in 2016 by American football player Colin Kaepernick.

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