World football governing body, FIFA on Monday urged the game’s competition organizers not to sanction players who paid tribute and demanded justice for George Floyd who was murdered by police in the United States.
This became necessary as players in German Bundesliga, last weekend, adopted different methods of venting their anger against the killing which is considered racist in nature.
FIFA has, however, pleaded with organisers to apply “common sense” and consider not sanctioning players for the style and forum they chose to demand justice for the slained Floyd during matches.
“FIFA fully understands the depth of sentiment and concerns expressed by many footballers in light of the tragic circumstances of the George Floyd case.
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“The application of the laws of the game … is left for the competitions’ organizers, which should use common sense and have in consideration the context surrounding the events,” FIFA said in a statement to the Associated Press.
Germany’s soccer federation had announced earlier on Monday that it was considering sanctioning the players for breaking laws of the game that prohibit the display of political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images on equipment.