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FIFA president Gianni Infantino has stepped into the debate about Bundesliga players who protested during matches against the death of George Floyd, saying they should be applauded and not punished.

Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho was shown a yellow card for taking off his jersey during a Bundesliga match so he could display a T-shirt emblazoned with “Justice for George Floyd”.

Dortmund teammate Achraf Hakimi and Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie carried the same messages on their body at the weekend, in a technical breach of the game’s laws that led to Germany’s football federation saying it was considering a disciplinary case despite expressing pride in their actions.

Mr Floyd lost his life after a Police man knelt on his neck, stopping him from breathing while he gasped desperately for air.

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