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Chelsea transfer target Jadon Sancho was given a yellow card for revealing a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ message in his side’s 6-1 victory against Paderborn on Sunday.
The 20-year-old scored a hat-trick in that game and removed his jersey during his goal celebration to reveal a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ message on his undershirt.
The George Floyd case has gone global as the 44-year-old died after a police officer kneeled on his neck following his arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Footage showed Mr Floyd pleaded: ‘I can’t breathe’, just before his death and Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, has been charged with third-degree murder for his action.
A number of top sportsmen have gone on to show support for Floyd, and Sancho only became the latest to do so with his message.
Unfortunately, the 20-year-old was booked for his actions afterwards as Bundesliga rules stipulate that the removal of jerseys during goal celebrations should be met with a yellow card, while all political messages are banned.
Meanwhile, Sancho became the first English player to score an overseas hat-trick in one of Europe’s major leagues for 31 years – former Luton forward Brian Stein was the last person to achieve the feat, playing for Caen against Cannes in France’s Ligue 1 on 31 May 1989.
His hat-trick against Paderborn means Sancho has now scored 17 league goals and provided 16 assists in just 27 appearances for Borussia Dortmund this season.