The German Football Association will not be taking actions against Bundesliga players, over their individual protests following the death of American, George Floyd, in the United States Of America.
Football federation body, FIFA had previously asked that FAs use ‘common sense’ in handling the cases of players protest and support for of George Floyd.
Dortmund and England winger Sancho, along with Marcus Thuram, Achraf Hakimi and Weston McKennie, could have all faced sanctions for their reactions to George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.
Sancho unveiled a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ T-shirt after scoring in the game, a gesture for which he received a booking.
“The committee also wants to maintain this line in the event of renewed anti-racism campaigns on the occasion of the violent death of George Floyd on the coming match days,” read a DFB statement.
“I expressly welcome the far-sighted decision of the DFB Control Committee and am very happy about it. The association strongly opposes any form of racism, which is why the actions of the players have our respect and understanding.”
The Football Association in England has promised to take a “common-sense approach” to players involved in gestures or behaviour promoting the anti-discrimination message.
The statement from the FA in England read: “The FA strongly condemns discrimination of any kind and has endeavoured to ensure that football in England is both diverse and inclusive in recent years. Where any behaviours or gestures on the pitch that may constitute a breach of the laws of the game have to be assessed, they would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis with a common-sense approach and understanding of their context.”
By Muyiwa Aguda