Contrary to the belief, the world governing body for football, FIFA has come up in support of anti-racism messages and gestures by the players, officials or teams.
“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,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
“We all must say no to racism and any form of discrimination.
“We all must say no to violence. Any form of violence.”
FIFA fully understands the depth of sentiment and concerns expressed by many footballers in light of the tragic circumstances of the George Floyd case, states a report on FIFA’s official website.
FIFA had repeatedly expressed itself to be resolutely against racism and discrimination of any kind and recently strengthened its own disciplinary rules with a view to helping to eradicate such behaviour.
FIFA itself has promoted many anti-racism campaigns which frequently carry the anti-racism message at matches organised under its own auspices.
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.
Bundesliga and Premier League players have shown solidarity in protest against the tragic killing of George Floyd by a white police officer.
The entire Liverpool squad had knelt in Anfield’s centre circle ahead of their training session in a powerful show of support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
On Monday, Marcus Thuram, Achraf Hakimi and Jadon Sancho had led portests against racism as the Borussia Monchengladbach striker and Borussia Dortmund duo responded to the fight against police brutality and racism.