FIFA adds voice to sports world’s protests over Floyd death

Derek Chauvin, the officer who planted his knee on Floyd’s neck, has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Three other officers involved have not been charged.

“This past week has been so dark, I have failed to keep hold of my emotions,” said Formula One’s first black champion in his latest social media post to millions of followers.

Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho took a stand against racism during a Bundesliga match.Credit:Getty Images

“I have felt so much anger, sadness and disbelief in what my eyes have seen,” added the Mercedes driver.

“I am completely overcome with rage at the sight of such blatant disregard for the lives of our people. The injustice that we are seeing our brothers and sisters face all over the world time and time again is disgusting, and MUST stop.”

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Hamilton, who has homes in the United States, drew support from several other F1 drivers and his team after his comments on Sunday.

Formula One also broke its silence with a statement on Twitter: “We stand with you, and all people in the fight against racism. It is an evil that no sport or society is truly immune from,” it said.

“And it is only together we can oppose it and eradicate it. Together we are stronger.”

In Germany, England and Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho was booked after lifting his match shirt to reveal a “Justice For George Floyd” message on a T-shirt underneath.

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It has been reported the German Football Association (DFB) is considering disciplinary action against Sancho, as well as a couple of others, for a technical breach of the game’s laws.

“For the avoidance of doubt, in a FIFA competition the recent demonstrations of players in Bundesliga matches would deserve an applause and not a punishment,” Infantino said.

“We all must say no to racism and any form of discrimination. We all must say no to violence. Any form of violence.”

FIFA urged governing bodies applying those laws to “use common sense and have in consideration the context surrounding the events”.

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Players in England are unlikely to face any disciplinary action for taking the knee or other peaceful anti-discrimination protests if matches are able to resume this month.

On Monday, Liverpool players took a knee during training, while Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford also added their voices to protests against racism.

On Tuesday, fellow EPL clubs Newcastle and Chelsea players also took a knee before their training sessions.

Similar to FIFA’s message, the Football Association said it will adopt a “common sense approach” if there are any examples of players or staff supporting the #BlackLivesMatter cause.

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