FIFA signals support for in-game Floyd solidarity messages

Zurich: FIFA urged soccer competition organizers to apply 'common sense' and consider not sanctioning players for solidarity with George Floyd during matches.

The recognition of the 'depth of sentiment' over Floyd's death came in a rare statement by FIFA telling the global game to show flexibility and not enforce laws of soccer it helps to set. Players used weekend games in Germany to reveal messages demanding justice for Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died after he pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck in Minneapolis.

Germany's soccer federation announced earlier that it was assessing whether to sanction the players for breaking laws of the game that prohibit "any political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images" on equipment.

"FIFA fully understands the depth of sentiment and concerns expressed by many footballers in light of the tragic circumstances of the George Floyd case," the governing body said in a statement.

"The application of the laws of the game approved by the IFAB is left for the competitions' organisers, which should use common sense and have in consideration the context surrounding the events."

 

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