Germany may sanction football players for supporting Floyd
The German Football Federation has defended its decision to assess whether four young Bundesliga players who made gestures in solidarity with George Floyd on the weekend must face sanctions.
The DFB also said yesterday that Jadon Sancho's booking for removing his jersey to reveal a T-shirt with the demand "Justice for George Floyd" had nothing to do with the message -- rather, the yellow card was issued because the 20-year-old England forward broke a rule that says players who celebrate goals by taking off their jerseys or lifting them over their heads must be booked for "unsporting behaviour."
Borussia Dortmund teammate Achraf Hakimi, 21, who displayed the same message after scoring in the same game on Sunday, was not booked because he did not lift his jersey over his head.
The DFB control committee is looking into their gestures and those made by Schalke's 21-year-old American midfielder Weston McKennie and Borussia Monchengladbach's 22-year-old French forward Marcus Thuram to see if the four players broke laws that prohibit players from displaying "political, religious or personal slogans."
McKennie was the first to make a statement when he wore an armband with the handwritten message "Justice for George" around his left arm last Saturday.
Thuram on Sunday took a knee after scoring in Borussia Monchengladbach's win over Union Berlin.
Sancho and Hakimi followed suit later Sunday.
Floyd, a handcuffed black man, died on Monday after a white Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee for several minutes on his neck. Three other officers were also at the scene. Chauvin has been charged with murder and all four were fired.