Jadon Sancho celebrates the goal by revealing the victory of the “Justice for George Floyd” shirt in Dortmund

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FC Schalke 04's German goalkeeper Alexander Nuebel walks with a face mask at the club's training grounds during a training session in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany on May 14, 2020. - Players arriving in several sparsely-populated team buses, substitutes wearing masks and goal celebrations limited to elbow bumps -- when German football returns to the pitch this weekend, it will have to follow a draconian set of guidelines. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP) (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

The victory against the Bundesliga cross-country club kept the slim hopes of the Dortmund title alive, but it was Sancho’s performance and his personal protest at Floyd’s death that proved the main point of discussion.

Dortmund had a 1-0 lead with Thorgan Hazard when Sancho took his first goal since the restart of the Bundesliga, quickly breaking his team’s shirt to reveal the message, which earned him a yellow card from the referee.

His teammate Achraf Hakimi also pulled up his shirt to show a shirt with the same words after scoring the Dortmund quarter.

They joined other Bundesliga stars to protest the death of Floyd, 46, who died in Minneapolis during an arrest by a police officer, who blocked him on the ground for several minutes kneeling on his neck.

On Sunday, French striker Marcus Thuram scored twice in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 4-1 victory over Union Berlin and went to his knees in homage to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Saturday saw Schalke’s American midfielder Weston McKennie show off a headband with the words “Justice for George” during his team’s defeat at home against Werder Bremen.

The 20-year-old Sancho is among the hottest properties in world football, bringing his count to 17 goals and 16 assists for the season with his first senior hat-trick.

Dortmund remained 0-0 in the middle of the field, but Hazard’s goal unlocked the situation before Sancho rekindled the game with Hakimi and Marcel Schmelzer also on the scoresheet.

The victory leaves Dortmund still seven points adrift of Bayern Munich, 5-0 on Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday, with five games outstanding, but a punctual victory after losing ‘Der Klassiker’ against Bayern midweek.

Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 4-1 victory took them to third place and the Champions League.

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