The return of the English league will see players without their names written at the back of their jerseys and a minute’s silence will also be held at all grounds in the first round of matches to honour those who have died from from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Premier League players has agreed to replace their names with the slogan “Black Lives Matter” at the back of their shirts when the league returns on June 17 as the fight against racism continues.
In a statement released today, the first 12 games will see Black Lives Matter will be written on players jersey.
“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.”
Premier League clubs and players have already made the “knee gesture” during training, as the solidarity for the George Floyd’s controversial death continues, the Premier League has also added that they will support any player who chooses to “take the knee” during matches. Anti-racism charity called Kick It Out had asked that players feel free to do so on the pitch, the English Football Association is also in agreement saying it will take a “common sense approach” to such protests.
Furthermore, a “Black Lives Matter” badge will feature on all playing shirts for the rest of the season alongside a badge thanking NHS staff for their work during the COVID-19 outbreak.