Achraf Hakimi gestures in solidarity for George Floyd

By Uche Dozie
Sport Writer,

Moroccan International and Borussia Dortmund player, Achraf Hakimi, his teammate, Jordan Sancho, Marcum Thuram of Borussia Monchengladbach and Werder Bremen’s Weston McKennie face likely punishment from the German FA.

The above players over the weekend had something in common; they all scored and celebrated paying tributes to George Floyd, a young black American whose death has generated a lot of protests over the week in America.

Reports from Goal and Times have it that DFB bosses say possible sanctions await the players if they are found wanting.

“If the control committee investigates it, then you have to ask whether we still have the same values,” said managing director Oliver Ruhnert of Gladbach’s opponent Union Berlin on Sunday: “It’s about a global issue: the no to racism.”

DFB Vice President Rainer Koch tried to smooth the waves and referred to the basic task of the Control Committee, “to monitor compliance with the DFB’s statutes and regulations and to review the facts in the event of violations.” These reviews also aim to determine “whether the game and the field are the right place for these actions.” Koch further explained: “It remains to be seen whether sanctions will have to be applied in the present cases.”

Hakimi who revealed his inner shirt showing ”Justice for George Floyd” and with a crossed hand tweeted after the game:

Todos juntos venceremos al racismo! Justicia! ✊🏾✊🏻✊🏽✊🏿✊⁣

Together we will defeat racism! Justice ! ✊🏾✊🏻✊🏽✊🏿✊ ⁣

Sancho just like Hakimi, after scoring a hat trick against Paderborn also revealed the same inscription in his shirt.

American midfielder Weston McKennie wore an armband reading “Justice for George” in Schalke’s match against Werder Bremen.

Borussia Monchengladbach striker Marcus Thuram also paid tribute to George Floyd after scoring in a 4-1 Gladbach win against Union Berlin by taking a knee.

The players all took to tweeter after their respective matches to pay more tributes for the black American.

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