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Sancho, Hakimi, McKennie and Thuram could face punishment from the DFB

By Rune Gjerulff

Jadon Sancho.
Jadon Sancho.Photo: Marco Verch, CC BY-SA 2.0

Jadon Sancho, Achraf Hakimi, Weston McKennie and Marcus Thuram could be punished by the German Football Association (DFB) after paying tribute to George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis during an arrest by a police officer.

The death of Floyd – a black man who was killed while unarmed – has led to protests all over the world, including in Germany, where the four Bundesliga players chose to show their support for Floyd on the pitch over the weekend.

Since the German Football Association prohibits players from making political statements or showing personal messages of any kind on the pitch, the matter is currently being looked into.

"In the course of the next few days, these incidents will be dealt with and the facts examined accordingly," Anton Nachreiner, the leader of the DFB's Control Committee, confirmed in an interview with Kicker.

Gladbach coach Marco Rose praised Marcus Thuram for celebrating a goal by taking a knee to show support for Floyd.

"Marcus has made the point. He has set an example against racism that we all support," Rose told reporters.

Union Berlin chief Oliver Ruhnert also among those, who have backed the actions of the four Bundesliga players.

"If the Control Committee takes action against this, then you have to ask yourself whether we have the same values. We are dealing with a global issue: saying no to racism," he told Kicker on Monday.

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