Sunday, September 20, 2020

PL players to have ‘Black Lives Matter’ names on their shirts for 12 matches

Premier League players will have their names replaced by Black Lives Matter logo on their shirts to honour the trending movement in a wake of George Floyd’s death.

According to Skysports, a Black Lives Matter logo will be on the shirts for the first 12 games of the resumed 2019/20 season.

The players released a statement which read: “We, the Players, stand together with the singular objective of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists, to bring about a global society of inclusion, respect, and equal opportunities for all, regardless of their colour or creed.

“This symbol is a sign of unity from all players, all staff, all clubs, all match officials and the Premier League #blacklivesmatter #playerstogether.”

The Premier League says it will support players who take a knee before or during matches.

The gesture has come to be recognised as a symbol of anti-racism since it was begun by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers.

The Premier League said it stands alongside the Football Association, English Football League, Professional Footballers’ Association, League Managers’ Association and the Professional Game Match Officials Board in opposing discrimination in all its forms.

The statement added: “The Premier League believes there is no room for racism, anywhere #NoRoomForRacism.”

Black Lives Matter protests have been triggered across the world by the death of unarmed black man George Floyd in US police custody last month.

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