Jadon Sancho, Achraf Hakimi, Marcus Thuram and Weston McKennie have all avoided punishment from the German Football Association (DFB) for their tributes to George Floyd in the last round of Bundesliga matches.
Mass protests erupted in the United States after Floyd died while in the custody of police officers in Minnesota last week.
There has been a strong reaction to the news in the football world too, with a number of stars in the German top-flight showing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Thuram led the tributes when he took a knee after finding the net in Borussia Monchengladbach’s win against Union Berlin on Sunday, May 31, 2020, before Sancho and Hakimi both celebrated scoring during Borussia Dortmund’s 6-1 victory over Paderborn by revealing t-shirts displaying the message “Justice for George Floyd”.
The day before, Schalke midfielder Mckennie wore an armband with the same words (Justice for George Floyd) written upon it during the club’s 1-0 loss to Werder Bremen.
The DFB promised to examine all four tributes, and have now absolved the four players in question of any wrongdoing while outlining plans to commemorate Floyd’s death in upcoming fixtures.
An official statement released on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, reads: “The DFB Control Committee will not initiate proceedings against Hakimi, Sancho, McKennie & Thuram.
“The committee also intends to maintain this line in new anti-racism campaigns to mark the death of George Floyd on the coming match days.”
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