It’s a tribute that could expensive for Achraf Hakimi. The Moroccan international supported the late George Floyd, victim of police violence, during the victory of his club Borussia Dortmund against Paderborn (6-1). A strong gesture that could well be sanctioned.
Sunday May 31, when Borussia Dortmund met Paderbon, Achraf Hakimi shone, both technically and humanly.
While he scored the 4th goal of his team on a decisive pass from Marcel Schmelzer, the Lion of the Atlas took off his jersey and unveiled the inscription “Justice for George Floyd”, in tribute to the African American, 46, died of suffocation during a violent arrest by white police on Monday in Minneapolis.
His teammate Jadon Sancho also did the same. Earlier today, Borussia Mönchengladbach Thuram player Lilian Thuram knelt down after scoring against Union Berlin, while American international Schalke 04 McKennie wore an armband “Justice for George Floyd”.
If this gesture was praised by the whole world, in particular the Spanish press which made its cover, it could well be reprimanded by the directors of the German championship.
The German Football Association is set to examine tributes to George Floyd and other political gestures made by a number of players during the action of the Bundesliga this weekend.
The chairman of the supervisory committee, Anton Nachreiner, confirmed the opening of an investigation. “The supervisory body of the DFB will examine this question in the coming days and will examine the circumstances of the case”, he said on Monday.
The United States has seen protests across the country following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in Minneapolis and Louisville, respectively.
Floyd and Taylor, who were African Americans, were killed by police, becoming the latest victims in a country that has had a number of similar incidents in recent years.