Formula One's ruling body is reported to be considering action against world champion Lewis Hamilton after he wore a t-shirt highlighting police brutality at the Tuscan Grand Prix.
The six-time world champion and series leader, who won the race, wore a t-shirt bearing a message that said "Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor" before and after the race, during an anti-racism ceremony and television interviews.
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A spokesperson for the International Motoring Federation (FIA) told the BBC that the case against Hamilton is "under active consideration".
Hamilton had previously worn a "Black Lives Matter" t-shirt at every race without any comment from the FIA.
Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman, was shot by police in Kentucky in March. She was a medical worker and was killed in her own home.
The FIA rules state that drivers are not to use advertising that is "political or religious in nature of that is prejudicial to the interests of the FIA".
The motorsport governing body launched a #WeRaceAsOne initiative earlier in the year, which was aimed at tackling COVID-19 and racially inequality issues that have been so prevalent around the world.
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Fans have slammed reports the FIA is investigating Hamilton over his message, saying it flies in the face of what their initiative is supposed to stand for.
For those who don't know, F1 champion Lewis Hamilton will be investigated by FIA for wearing this t-shirt. Apparently asking for justice for an innocent girl killed by the police is a political message. Thanks for proving "we race as one" is just a slogan#IstandWithLewisHamilton pic.twitter.com/fVIailmBaK— Marta ♏🌿 (@xdiordepp) September 14, 2020
hey @fia you are a shame, a disgrace, it is totally clueless what are you doing! This is not politics, it is basic human rights !! You won't shut up Lewis Hamilton like that!— hades¹⁰`¹⁸ #mgweek (@pierrgasly) September 14, 2020
a black one at the top bothers many people!
fia considering to investigate lewis hamilton for wearing breonna taylor's shirt singlehandedly undoes the main point of their we race as one campaign— 🍓 (@cousinmilla) September 14, 2020
Without Lewis Hamilton they wouldn't be a single discussion on diversity. The FIA have commited to NOTHING if they are investigating Lewis. #WeSupportLewis #WeStandWithLewis@MercedesAMGF1 @F1 @fia pic.twitter.com/QEEXsRT8Bt— JD (@AMJFormula1) September 14, 2020
Lewis is bigger than you all, bunch of hypocrites. You (FIA/F1) are not on his side, he is alone in this fight— James Zoeiro (@JamesZoeiroF1) September 14, 2020
We are on your side @LewisHamilton and don't give up on us representing and showing that everyone should fight together ✊🏾💜#IstandWithLewisHamilton pic.twitter.com/5brGkgErhU
Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka, the US Open champion, also brought Taylor's death to public attention when she wore a face mask with her name on it at the New York tournament.
"It took me a long time to get that shirt and I've been wanting to wear it and bring awareness to the fact that there's people that have been killed on the street and there's someone that got killed in her own house, and they're in the wrong house, and those guys are still walking free," said Hamilton after his 90th career victory on Sunday.
"We can't rest. We have to continue to raise awareness with it. And Naomi's been doing amazing, so huge congratulations to her. She is an incredible inspiration with what she has done with her platform."
with Yahoo Sport staff