FIFA president Gianni Infantino says Bundesliga players who showed solidarity with George Floyd over the weekend would deserve “applause, not punishment” in an international tournament.
Football’s governing body has urged national associations to adopt a common-sense approach when dealing with on-pitch protests and demonstrations amid the civil unrest in the United States.
Borussia Dortmund duo Jadon Sancho and Achraf Hakimi displayed ‘Justice for George Floyd’ messages when celebrating goals during a Bundesliga victory over Paderborn on Sunday.
Infantino went further by suggesting it would go against FIFA’s anti-discrimination and anti-violence campaigns to take action against the likes of Sancho.
“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,” he said in a statement. “We all must say no to racism and any form of discrimination. We all must say no to violence. Any form of violence.”