Jadon Sancho says haircut fine is an 'absolute joke'

Sancho and team-mate Manuel Akanji fined by German league after photos emerged of them having a trim in their own respective homes

Jadon Sancho sported his new haircut against  SC Paderborn 07 at the weekend
Image: Jadon Sancho sported his new haircut against SC Paderborn 07

Jadon Sancho has described his fine for getting a haircut in his home, in breach of the Germany's restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus, as an "absolute joke".

The 20-year-old and his team-mate Manuel Akanji were fined by the German league after photos emerged of them having a trim in their own respective homes, with neither the players nor the hairdresser wearing any personal protective equipment (PPE) in the pictures.

Sancho issued his response on Twitter after the fine was confirmed saying: "Absolute joke DFL!"

A statement from the German league (DFL) said: "The DFL has fined Manuel Akanji and Jadon Sancho.

"The players from Borussia Dortmund had obviously violated general hygiene and infection protection standards at home hairdressing appointments and in particular the medical-organisational concept of the DFL task force."

The DFL statement added: "There is no question that professional footballers also have to have their hair cut. However, this currently has to be done in accordance with the medical-organisational concept."

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The news over Sancho's fine followed a decision by the German football federation (DFB) not to punish him after he lifted his Dortmund shirt to reveal a t-shirt with the message 'Justice For George Floyd' on it during his side's win over Paderborn last weekend.

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Floyd, an African-American, was killed in Minneapolis last week after a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck while in custody. Floyd's death has sparked protests across the United States and the rest of the world.

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