PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYERS WANT SOLIDARITY WITH FLOYD

The Football Association has promised to take a ‘common sense approach’ to players involved in gestures promoting anti-discrimination messages following the death of George Floyd in America. 

According to Daily Mail, the Premier League is set to return on June 17 and the FA have assured players that breaching rules to display anti-racism and political gestures will not necessarily result in punishments.

In a statement the FA said: ‘The FA strongly condemns discrimination of any kind and has endeavoured to ensure that football in England is both diverse and inclusive in recent years.

‘Where any behaviours or gestures on the pitch that may constitute a breach of the laws of the game have to be assessed, they would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis with a common sense approach and understanding of their context.

‘The power of football can break down barriers across communities and we remain deeply committed to removing all forms of discrimination from across the game we all love.’

It comes after Jadon Sancho was told he is facing sanctions for revealing a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ shirt while celebrating his goal for Borussia Dortmund against Paderborn on Sunday. 

England and Borussia Dortmund star Sancho was among several players commended for taking a stand following the brutal death of Floyd, an unarmed black man killed last week in Minneapolis when white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck. 

Schalke’s Weston McKennie also wore a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ armband during their game over the weekend while Borussia Monchengladbach striker Marcus Thuram celebrated his goal against Union Berlin by taking a knee.

German FA chiefs insist they ‘completely understand’ the tributes to George Floyd by Bundesliga players – but have come under fire after confirming the players could now face sanctions for taking a stand against racism. 

Premier League players have shown their support for the Black Lives Matter movement this week with Liverpool players breaking off from their training session at Anfield, where they were preparing for the season’s resumption, to gather around the centre circle and take a knee.

Chelsea and Newcastle followed Liverpool in making a stand against racism by taking a knee during their training sessions on Tuesday.

Manchester United duo Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford have also posted ‘Black Lives Matter’ statements on social media as protests over Floyd’s death continue to take place worldwide.  

The chairman of anti-racism organisation Kick It Out called on every Premier League player on Tuesday to take a knee in the wake of Floyd’s killing. 

Sanjay Bhandari said: ‘I hope there will be a degree of leniency shown by the German authorities,’ Bhandari said. ‘I’m not sure how you can sanction Marcus Thuram. I don’t think he’s done anything wrong. He’s just taken a knee.

‘I wonder if that’s the thing I would encourage if players want to protest. If you score a goal and take a knee could everyone do that? Not just the black players. The white players too – everyone.

‘Every player should do it. It should be teams doing it. You saw the Erling Haaland celebration after the first game back where all the Borussia Dortmund players did the social-distancing celebration. They could all take a knee.

‘Racism’s not about black players or brown fans. It’s about all of us. Racism corrodes society and we’re all hurt by it. Everyone should want to demonstrate their solidarity and disgust.’

Police officer Chauvin was arrested on Friday over Floyd’s death and is facing charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter.