Bundesliga players "deserve applause and not a punishment" - Gianni Infantino

Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon in goal celebration sicking justice for Floyd
Ernest Sunday

FIFA president Gianni Infantino says Jadon Sancho and others Bundesliga players protesting George Floyd deserve to be applauded and not to be punished.

Over the weekend football in German Bundesliga, Many players from different Bundesliga clubs supported the protest of justice for George Floy, a black man who was murdered by Minneapolis police officers in the United States by kneeling on his neck and suffocating him to death.

The first player to step up for the support was Borussia Mönchengladbach's Marcus Thuram who celebrated his goal against FC Union Berlin by kneeling; the game ended 4-1 in the favour Borussia Mönchengladbach.

The second celebration in support of the protest came from Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho when he removed his jersey in his first goal unveiling a T-shirt with the caption 'Justice for Floyd' but was booked afterwards. The game saw him score his first professional hat-trick helping Dortmund in a 6-1 victory over SC Paderborn 07. Sancho after the match went on Instagram to describe the game as "bittersweet moment".

The celebration was followed by Borussia Dortmund wingback AchrafHakimi who removed his shirt on scoring in the 85th minutes of the game with the same caption 'Justice for Floyd' written on his T-shirt.

According to Law 4 Section 5 in football, showing of slogan, statements or images deemed as political on players kit is not supported.

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

In an interview, 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."

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