S
SEARCH
M
SW
Thursday, July 2
/esi/1339/6_A_1_401212_0/index.html?art_id=401212&ESI

George Floyd death: FIFA president insists protests deserve applause not punishment

:Headline: George Floyd death: FIFA president insists protests deserve applause not punishment: ID:401212: from db_amp
England international Jadon Sancho was booked after revealing a 'Justice For George Floyd' message in the Bundesliga on Sunday.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino believes the Bundesliga players who protested about the death of George Floyd on the pitch last weekend "deserve an applause and not a punishment".

England and Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho was booked after lifting his match shirt to reveal a 'Justice For George Floyd' message on a T-shirt underneath.

It has been reported the German Football Association (DFB) is considering disciplinary action against Sancho, as well as a couple of others, for a technical breach of the game's laws.

Under Law 4 Section 5, players are not supposed to have slogans, statements or images on their kit or other equipment which could be deemed as political.

However, FIFA has urged governing bodies applying those laws to "use common sense and have in consideration the context surrounding the events".

Infantino said: "For the avoidance of doubt, in a FIFA competition the recent demonstrations of players in Bundesliga matches would deserve an applause and not a punishment.

"We all must say no to racism and any form of discrimination. We all must say no to violence. Any form of violence."

"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.

"The power of football can break down barriers across communities and we remain deeply committed to removing all forms of discrimination from across the game we all love."

It is understood that taking the knee in the manner in which Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram did would be unlikely to attract any sort of sanction.

But taking the knee in a way which could be viewed as provocative, perhaps doing so deliberately in front of someone who has previously been charged with or found guilty of a racism-related offence, may warrant further action.

Marcus Thuram takes the knee after scoring for Borussia Monchengladbach at the weekend (Martin Meissner/AP)

Human rights group Amnesty International says it would "applaud" any athlete making a gesture of solidarity on this matter, including opting against competing in the US.

Its UK director Kate Allen said: "Numerous British sporting figures already speak out about racism and other human rights issues here in the UK, so it's likely some will be moved to say something about the appalling scenes in the USA.

"As we saw with Liverpool football players this week, taking a knee is just one of the many things sporting figures can do if they want to express their anger at US police violence against people of colour.

"Whether UK athletes go to the United States – or anywhere else – will always be a matter for them, but from black power salutes in the sixties through to Colin Kaepernick's famous gesture in 2016, sporting stars have shown they can make important human rights interventions."

"Every American needs to ask themselves, is there 'liberty and justice for all' and if their answer is yes, then they are part of the problem. In no way are we asking black lives to matter more than white lives," he wrote.

"All we're asking is we are seen as equal, as more than 3/5 of a man, as humans. My heart goes out in solidarity to George Floyd, his family, and all of the countless number of victims that have had their lives taken at the hands of meaningless police brutality."

Floyd Mayweather's promotion company confirmed the former five-division world boxing champion has offered to pay for George Floyd's funeral expenses.

amp_article_401212 : Database Data restored...  : 
last updated article - 2020-06-03 08:28:02:
html db last update - 2020-07-01 13:25:00 :

ex - 7200 : read : read cache amp html

George Floyd death - Click here for more stories

Click here for more stories about Jadon Sancho

Click here for more stories about Borussia Dortmund

Share this article now:
Show comments
Bundesliga Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CBayern MunichBayern342644100326882
2Borussia DortmundDortmund34216784414369
3RB Leipzig341812481374466
4Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach34205966402665
5Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen35197962451764
6Hoffenheim34157125353052
7Wolfsburg341310114846249
8Freiburg34139124847148
9Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt34136155960-145
10Hertha Berlin34118154859-1141
11Union BerlinUnion Berlin34125174158-1741
12Schalke 04Schalke35913133959-2040
13Augsburg35109164663-1739
14Mainz 0535114204466-2237
15FC Koln34106185169-1836
16Werder Bremen3487194269-2731
RFortuna DusseldorfDusseldorf34612163667-3130
RSC PaderbornSC Paderborn3448223774-3720
Scroll for more - Tap for full version

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
UC
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CLiverpool31282170214986
2Manchester CityMan City31203877334463
3Leicester CityLeicester32167960312955
4Chelsea321661057441354
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd321410851312052
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves321313645341152
7Arsenal32111384741646
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs31129105041945
9Burnley32136133645-945
10Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd31111193031-144
11Everton32128124047-744
12Crystal Palace32119122837-942
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle32119123343-1042
14Southampton32124164155-1440
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton32712133444-1033
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham3286183856-1830
17Watford32610162949-2028
18Aston Villa3276193660-2427
19Bournemouth3276193054-2427
20Norwich CityNorwich3256212560-3521
Scroll for more - Tap for full version
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
X

We value your privacy

A part of our GDPR compliance we need to ask for your consent. We and our partners use technology such as cookies on Sports Mole to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology on Sports Mole.