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Sterling pays tribute to deceased player after England goal

March 22, 2019
England's Raheem Sterling celebrates his sides third goal during the Euro 2020 group a qualifying soccer match between England and the Czech Republic at Wembley stadium in London, Friday March 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

LONDON (AP) — Raheem Sterling revealed a t-shirt memorializing a young footballer after scoring his second goal in a hat trick for England against the Czech Republic on Friday.

Damary Dawkins, a Crystal Palace youth team player who had been fighting acute lymphoblastic leukaemia for four years, died on Sunday aged 13.

Sterling’s t-shirt under his England jersey had a photo of Dawkins and the message “May your soul rest in peace.”

But the tribute in the European Championship qualifier, which England won 5-0, could lead to action by governing body UEFA.

The laws of football state that “players must not reveal undergarments that show political, religious, personal slogans, statements or images, or advertising other than the manufacturer’s logo.” The law introduced in 2014 states that an offending player has to be sanctioned by the competition organizer.

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