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FIFA and UEFA throw support behind Jadon Sancho and others who protest on the pitch

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FIFA and UEFA have both expressed their support for players who wish to protest against racism on the pitch.

The death of George Floyd in the United States has led to widescale protests and riots, and many players and their clubs have been keen to show they stand side-by-side with those taking a stand.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle were all among those teams to make a statement during training, with entire sides taking a knee - a form of protest made prevelant by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Other forms of protest have already been seen on the pitch in the Bundesliga, with England international Jadon Sancho revealing a T-shirt at the weekend under his Borussia Dortmund shirt which read 'Justice for George Floyd'.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said: '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.

Borussia Monchengladbach star Marcus Thuram also protested by dropping to his knee after scoring in their win against Union Berlin.

The statements come after the FA revealed it would look to its officials to use common sense towards any acts of protest when the Premier League and Championship return later this month.

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