England star Jadon Sancho displays a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ message after scoring for Borussia Dortmund – and is BOOKED as he joins the growing protests over police brutality against black men in US
- Jadon Sancho was booked for showing a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ message
- The England player scored for Borussia Dortmund against Paderborn on Sunday
- Gladbach striker Marcus Thuram knelt down on one knee earlier in the day
- Protestors have been marching against police brutality on African-Americans
Jadon Sancho was given a yellow card after revealing a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ shirt while celebrating his goal for Borussia Dortmund against Paderborn on Sunday.
The England international scored a hat-trick in Dortmund’s Bundesliga clash and took his shirt off after his first goal to reveal a message supporting the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.
Referee Daniel Siebert then presented Sancho with a yellow card for taking his shirt off.
Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho was booked for revealing a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ shirt
The England winger scored Dortmund’s second goal during their match against Paderborn
The 20-year-old scored two more in the game to complete his hat-trick but chose not to reveal his message again as it could have risked a sending off.
Team-mate Achraf Hakimi also scored in the 6-1 win before revealing the same message regarding Mr Floyd’s death.
Former England striker and Match of the Day host Gary Lineker appeared to endorse Sancho’s celebration, saying in an Instagram post: ‘The wonderfully talented @sanchooo10 scores for @bvb09 and has a message to share’.
Sancho’s celebration comes just hours after Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram knelt down on one knee in support of the movement after scoring against Union Berlin.
The 22-year-old striker is the son of former France international and World Cup winner Lillian Thuram, who has been an anti-racist activist and campaigner since his playing days at Monaco, Parma, Juventus and Barcelona.
Dortmund team-mate Achraf Hakimi also scored in the game and revealed the same message
Gary Lineker appeared to endorse Sancho’s celebration with an Instagram post
Sancho netted two more goals later on in the game to earn a hat-trick during the 6-1 win
Marcus Thuram took a knee after scoring for Borussia Monchengladbach earlier in the day
Under law 4 of FIFA’s Laws of the Game, footballers should ‘not reveal undergarments that show political, religious, personal slogans, statements or images, or advertising other than the manufacturer’s logo.’
‘The team of a player whose basic compulsory equipment has political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images will be sanctioned by the competition organiser or by FIFA.’
The two celebrations come as activists across the world have been calling for ‘justice’ over the death of Floyd, who had a knee pressed into his neck for more than eight minutes while being detained by a white police officer, and eventually died on the scene in Minneapolis on Monday.
Derek Chauvin (pictured) has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after My Floyd died after he held his knee on his neck for over eight minutes
Mr Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis on Monday has sparked protests throughout the week
Protestors marched in the UK calling for justice against police brutality on African-Americans
Over the weekend, protestors have marched in the streets of major cities across the world, including London, Manchester and Cardiff, calling for justice over Floyd’s death at the hands of police brutality.
Police officer Derek Chauvin, 44, has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after the death of Mr Floyd who begged for air while being arrested.
Chants of ‘I can’t breathe’ – the words Mr Floyd spoke whilst being restrained by Chauvin – were heard across London this weekend while protesters in Cardiff were holding placards which said, ‘The UK is not innocent.’
Hundreds of demonstrators shouting ‘I can’t breathe’ packed into Trafalgar Square on Sunday
Protesters congregated outside Cardiff Castle in Wales on Sunday to show solidarity
Meanwhile, dozens of American cities have been set ablaze over the last week amid deadly clashes with police officers over Floyd’s death, which is seen as a symbol of systemic police brutality against African-Americans.
Also in the world of football this weekend, Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie wore an armband showing his support for the ‘Justice for George Floyd’ message.