The Bundesliga has announced that it will not take action on players who expressed their solidarity with George Floyd protests over the weekend.
Borussia Dortmund's pair of Jadon Sancho and Achraf Hakini, Weston McKennie (FC Schalke 04) and Marcus Thuram (Borussia Mönchengladbach) used their weekend matches to show their support for the ongoing protests over the death of American George Floyd a fortnight ago.
Floyd, a black American, died in police custody after a white police officer knelt on his neck. The incident has sparked off global protests over police brutality and racial discrimination.
The DFB announced that the players will not be punished and this line will also be taken should further players make demonstrations on racism and the death of Floyd over the course of upcoming matchdays.
Dr Anton Nachreiner, chairman of the DFB’s control body, said: “It goes without saying that the DFB’s control body always has FIFA and DFB regulations in mind. In this specific case, however, these are deliberate actions of anti-racism by the players, who are thus campaigning for the very values which the DFB seeks to uphold. So no action will be taken now, nor in the case of further anti-racism demonstrations over coming weeks.”
DFB President Fritz Keller: "I welcome the far-sighted decision from the DFB's control body and am very pleased with it. The DFB is opposed to all forms of racism, discrimination and violence, and stands for tolerance, openness and diversity - all values that are also deeply engrained with the DFB statutes. That's why the players' actions have our respect and understanding."