England and Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler was fined in 1997 for showing support for sacked dock workers during a European Cup Winners' Cup match.
Fowler was fined 2,000 Swiss Francs ($1,400) by European governing body UEFA on 27 March 1997 for his show of support for locked out dock workers .
UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Committee made note of Fowler's sporting behaviour in assessing the punishment beginning its press release saying, "It may seem strange and even unfair...".
After scoring his second goal in Liverpool's 3-0 Cup Winners' Cup win over Brann Bergen of Norway the previous week, Fowler lifted up his red Liverpool shirt to display a T-shirt which read: "Support The 500 Sacked Dockers".
UEFA regulations prohibit players from displaying any political logos at matches.
The press release noted that while UEFA may sympathise with such support, it strictly rules that a football ground is not the right stage for political demonstrations.
Two days earlier, Fowler was praised for his sense of fair play when he argued against a penalty call after he appeared to be brought down in the penalty area by England goalkeeper David Seaman.
However, as referee Gerald Ashby signalled the penalty, Fowler protested that he had not been fouled.
"Your reaction in the penalty incident...did you great honour. It is the kind of reaction which helps maintain the dignity of the game," said FIFA general secretary Sepp Blatter.