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FIFA,UEFA presidents back footballers to protest George Floyd

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PRESIDENTS of FIFA Gianni Infantino, UEFA Aleksander Čeferin have backed footballers to protest the death of George Floyd and support the Black Lives Matter movement without fear of reprisal.

  Jadon Sancho and Marcus Thuram were two high profile players in the Bundesliga who made statements over the weekend, Sancho by unveiling a ‘Justice for George Floyd shirt’ and Thurman by taking a knee, both in goal celebrations.

Laws are in place in the game to prevent players from making overtly political statements, which caused the German football federation to start looking into the actions of Sancho and Thuram. 

   However, the heads of FIFA and UEFA have thrown their support behind the players and said they should not only avoid punishment, but they should be praised for their actions.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said: ‘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.’

 Marcus Thuram took a knee after scoring for Borussia Moenchengladbach against Union Berlin  UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin added: ‘Football is a sport which encourages tolerance, inclusion and justice. These are the same values being espoused by those showing solidarity to George Floyd.

‘If a player in our competitions were to display a message or act symbolically to ask for equality for human beings the circumstances around the event should be taken into account in line with UEFA’s zero tolerance against racism.’

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