The German football federation (DFB) will reportedly assess whether to sanction four Bundesliga players who showed support for American, George Floyd during the recent round of matches in the league played over the weekend.
Borussia Dortmund stars, Jadon Sancho and Achraf Hakimi, Borussia Mönchengladbach’s, Marcus Thuram and Schalke’s, Weston McKennie demonstrated solidarity with protests taking over all across the United States of America over the death of Floyd by police officers.
McKennie had sported an armband on Saturday that read, “Justice for George”, while both Sancho and Hakimi wore undershirts with the same message. Thuram, meanwhile took the knee in solidarity after scoring for Mönchengladbach during their win over Union Berlin.
First professional hat trick ??. A bittersweet moment personally as there are more important things going on in the world today that we must address and help make a change. We have to come together as one & fight for justice. We are stronger together! ❤️ #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd ?? pic.twitter.com/ntOtwOySCO
— Jadon Sancho (@Sanchooo10) May 31, 2020
“There has been worldwide uproar and widespread protests against racism and police brutality after the violent killing of American George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The topic also reached the Bundesliga on the weekend, with players like Weston McKennie (FC Schalke 04), Marcus Thuram (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jadon Sancho and Achraf Hakimi (both Borussia Dortmund) demonstrating solidarity in different ways,” a statement from DFB read.
“While their actions have been met with much approval by the public, there has been some discussion about Saturday’s announcement after Weston McKennie wore an armband with the slogan ‘Justice for George’ that the DFB’s control body will address the matter and examine the situation in the coming days.”
The solidarity arised after Floyd died while in police custody after an officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes, even as Floyd said he couldn’t breathe.