George Floyd death: Footballers should 'feel free' to protest, says Kick It Out chair

George Floyd death: Footballers should 'feel free' to protest, says Kick It Out chair

6/2/2020 5:43:00 PM

George Floyd death: Footballers should 'feel free' to protest, says Kick It Out chair

Kick It Out chairman Sanjay Bhandari says footballers should 'feel free' to protest over the death of George Floyd and 'should take a knee'.

Marcus Thuram took a knee after scoring for Borussia MonchengladbachFootballers should"feel free" to protest over the death of George Floyd and"should take a knee", says Kick It Out chair Sanjay Bhandari.The Football Association said it would take a"common sense approach" to any such protests.

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Protests have been held in the USA after African-American Floyd, an unarmed black man, died after being restrained by Minneapolis police.Bhandari said players taking a knee would be a"very powerful image"."If they feel they want to protest, then they should. They should feel free to do that," he told BBC Radio 4's Today Programme.

Four players in the Bundesliga, including England forwardJadon Sancho, are under investigation for breaching rules over making political statements in games at the weekend. The same rules are in place in England."It's a fundamental human right to express your beliefs," Bhandari said."My suggestion is that they should take a knee.

"I would say that taking a knee when you score a goal and have the whole team do it, the referee is not going to book an entire team. It's a very powerful image and a gesture of solidarity."In a statement, the FA said it"strongly condemns discrimination of any kind" and that it has"endeavoured to ensure that football in England is both diverse and inclusive in recent years".

"Where any behaviours or gestures on the pitch that may constitute a breach of the Laws of the Game have to be assessed, they would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis with a common sense approach and understanding of their context," the statement added.

"The power of football can break down barriers across communities and we remain deeply committed to removing all forms of discrimination from across the game we all love."On Monday,around the centre circle at Anfield during training, while Manchester United players Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford added their voices to worldwide protests against racism. Newcastle and Chelsea players took a knee before their training sessions on Tuesday.

Newcastle United's players took a knee at training in a picture posted by the club on TuesdayChelsea players followed suit and kneeled in a H formation at Tuesday's training sessionFloyd died on 25 May after being restrained by white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes to pin him down.

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Chauvin has since been charged with Floyd's murder and sacked.Why the US protests resonate in the UKThe FA's statement echoed one from world governing body Fifa.In a statement on Tuesday, Fifa said it"fully understands the depth of sentiment and concerns expressed by many footballers in light of the tragic circumstances of the George Floyd case".

It added that applying the laws of the game was the responsibility of competition organisers, such as domestic leagues, who Fifa said"should use common sense and have in consideration the context surrounding the events".The Commonwealth Games Federation wrote an open letter to sport, saying that what was happening in the US needed to be"a wake-up call" to athletes and administrators.

"Surely it is time for the world of sport to grant itself a social and moral licence," the letter signed by CGF president Louise Martin and chief executive David Grevemberg said."A licence to use all its platforms to encourage athletes, coaches, officials, sponsors, administrators and fans to inspire, to educate, to stand for what they believe in.

"A licence to provide the scope and freedom for all our participants to be agents of change, advocates of integrity and ambassadors for respect, impartiality and non-discrimination."Kate Allen, director of Amnesty International UK, said:"We would applaud UK athletes who want to make a personal gesture of solidarity with Black Lives Matter campaigners in the US, or in the UK for that matter.

"While we don't expect all sporting stars to take a stand, we're encouraged that more and more are doing so. Given how influential sporting stars are, a well-timed solidarity gesture or public statement can be genuinely impactful." Read more: BBC News (UK) »

Its ok if its a black person is it? Kick It Out only cares about Black people, they think racism is only applied to blacks. They wouldnt speak up if it was in honour of white people. Racism is becoming a pity for black people and a restriction for white rather than equality. Of course, Yes they can scribble patronising crap on their Over priced designer t-shirts.

Don’t recall any campaign for Stephen Lawrence, just stick to kicking a ball around for 90 mins then do what you want in your spare time, fans don’t turn up to be told how to think about racist cops in America. bbc getting a lot of pc mileage out of this tragedy..... Sure thing 🤔 What does justice for George Floyd mean though? What exactly are they protesting? Why is anyone protesting this? He was killed ,the cop has been sacked and charged with his murder? What more is needed?

So it’s ok for footballers to support rioting and looting. I suppose they also support violence on the terraces by opposing fans. Why not put it on their shirts about the 7 year old killed in a uk park by a black woman Let's call out the rioters and looters shall we? It's none of their business. Just meaningless virtue signalling.

Can of worms. Shouldn't be a problem if they wear armbands and shirt in honour of him. Or the celebration. If any are from my team I support, I will be supporting someone else 'feel free to protest'...AND also free to decry this PC liberal, loony Black Lives Matter rubbish. We can also feel free to give football a miss now!

Feel free too comment Just as they did for Lee Rigby? So literally wants riots in the UK too? We are all watching the streams, this is beyond protesting now.. Is that freedom of speech across the board? Definitely! Famous faces are needed! People will listen more to what they say. BlackLivesMatter UK? actually in the UK?Millionaire privilege lifestyle living games men should make a political gesture about what exactly?

'Feel free'? 🤨 BlackLivesMatter I agree, they should be free to, they shouldn't be compelled to though. Should be banned on the football pitch........setting a precedent is unwise. Sure Incoming racists...

Kick It Out urges all players to take knee over George Floyd and no FA sanctionsThe chairman of Kick It Out has urged every Premier League footballer to protest the killing of George Floyd by American police by taking a knee when the season resumes Stupidest thing in this debacle so far. Just another gimmick/stunt, the largest group discriminated against are those in poverty. Take the chips of your shoulders, spare a thought & do something tangible for those of impoverished/war torn nations who struggle to get the most basic things in life - clean water & food Will Kick It Out ask EPL teams who visit China during preseason to take knee over China's Uighur concentration camps? How about when Saudi money is pumped into the league, will Kick It Out ask players to take knee against Saudi atrocities in Yemen?

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