Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, the world governing body for football, has praised the demand for justice for the murder of George Floyd in the United States. He said on Tuesday that the German footballers’ call for justice for Floyd’s murder during the game deserved praise rather than punishment.
He died last week in the Minneapolis area of the United States after a white policeman grabbed a handcuffed black Floyd by the knee and strangled him for a few minutes. The incident sparked violent protests across the United States.
In a FIFA statement, Infantino said: “The protests of the players in the recent Bundesliga match are a matter of praise rather than punishment. We should all say we don’t want racism. I don’t want discrimination. But at the same time, it should be said that we are against any violence. ‘
Earlier, FIFA had said that footballers should maintain “discipline” in any political discourse.
A FIFA statement said: “FIFA is deeply concerned that many players, like George Floyd, cannot contain their emotions. That is why they express their views. ‘
England winger Sancho has lifted his jersey after scoring for Dortmund in a Bundesliga match in Paderborn last Sunday, “I want justice like the murder of George Floyd in the United States”.
Another teammate, Moroccan international Ashraf Hakimi, lifted his jersey to show his support for Sancho.
Earlier in the day, Borussia Mnchengladbach’s French striker Markers Thuram knelt down to protest Floyd’s killing. US midfielder Weston McKenzie on Saturday used an arm brace that read, “I want justice for George.”