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No sanctions for Sancho, Hakimi, McKennie and Thuram, confirms the DFB

By Rune Gjerulff

There will be no action taken against Jadon Sancho, Achraf Hakimi, Weston McKennie and Marcus Thuram, the German Football Association has confirmed.

Jadon Sancho.
Jadon Sancho.Photo: Borussia Dortmund

The German Fotball Association (DFB) will not sanction Jadon Sancho, Achraf Hakimi, Weston McKennie and Marcus Thuram for showing support for George Floyd – a black man, who was killed, unarmed, in police custody in Minneapolis last week.

Since players are prohibited from making political statements on the pitch, the DFB's control body has looked into the matter and reached the conclusion that there will be no sanctions for the four players or anyone else, who makes an anti-racism stand.

"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," said Anton Nachreiner, chairman of the DFB's control body, in agreement with DFB President for Legal Affairs Rainer Koch.

DFB president Fritz Keller said:

"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."

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