FA unlikely to discipline players for taking a knee as Fifa urges leniency

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  • FA will take ‘commonsense approach’ in Premier League
  • Fifa’s Gianni Infantino says player protests ‘deserve applause’

The Football Association will adopt “a commonsense approach” if Premier League players heed the call from the chairman of Kick It Out to take a knee in protest at the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis.

The president of Fifa, Gianni Infantino, has said that Jadon Sancho, Achraf Hakimi, Weston McKennie and Marcus Thuram deserve applause after leading protests in the Bundesliga against Floyd’s killing. With players from Chelsea and Newcastle following their Liverpool counterparts by going down on one knee at training, the FA is reluctant to discipline individuals who stand against racism when the Premier League season resumes on 17 June.

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