Premier League players have confirmed that shirt names will be replaced by ‘Black Lives Matter’ for the first 12 fixtures of the competition’s return on June 17.
Instead of seeing the likes of ‘Salah’, ‘Aubameyang’ and ‘Kun Aguero’ on the back of world famous jerseys, a message transcending names, players and clubs will be on display to millions.
The joint statement across players at all 20 clubs 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 news is a poignant show of solidarity after the tragic murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minnesota, highlighting the prejudice and discrimination shown against BAME individuals across the world.
Premier League shirt names replaced
The PFA will also support players who choose to take a knee before, after or during Premier League matches as a sign of support for those affected by racism.
Marcus Thuram, as well as others in Germany, did exactly that when he scored for Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga and Jadon Sancho displayed a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ t-shirt under his jersey.
The Premier League has one of the biggest audiences in all of sport and it couldn’t be more fitting that such an important message will be shown to the world when it makes its long-awaited return.
Football might seem so unimportant in times like these, but it remains a vital tool in making sure that the world is rid of racism, discrimination and bigotry in all its forms.
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