The German FA (DFB) announced it is considering sanctions against players after several demonstrated this weekend. DFB vice president Rainer Koch said: “As is the case internationally, the game itself should remain free of political statements or messages of any kind.”
FIFA regulation prevents players from displaying any “political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images” on their kit. Since 2014, this ban has included undershirts, a response to players lifting up their shirts to display a message when scoring.
Jadon Sancho was shown a yellow card for removing his Jersey to show a “Justice for George Floyd” message after scoring for Borussia Dortmund. Achraf Hakimi also revealed the same message in the game.
On Sunday also, Marcus Thuram took a knee after scoring for Borussia Monchengladbach, while on Saturday, Schalke’s Weston McKennie wore an armband with the words “Justice for George”.
FIFA told the Associated Press: “FIFA fully understands the depth of sentiment and concerns expressed by many footballers in light of the tragic circumstances of the George Floyd case.”
“The application of the laws of the game… is left for the competitions’ organisers, which should use common sense and have in consideration the context surrounding the events.”
“FIFA had repeatedly expressed itself to be resolutely against racism and discrimination of any kind and recently strengthened its own disciplinary rules with a view to helping to eradicate such behaviours,” it added in the statement.
“FIFA itself has promoted many anti-racism campaigns which frequently carry the anti-racism message at matches organised under its own auspices.”
By Muyiwa Aguda
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