Aston Villa and Sheffield United players take a knee in support of Black Lives Matter before kick-off


Every single Aston Villa and Sheffield United player took a knee for Black Lives Matter before this evening’s match at Villa Park kicked off.

Just as the game was due to get underway, each player, as well as the officials, took a knee as part of a campaign in support of black lives.

The support for Black Lives Matter has grown around the world in the wake of George Floyd's tragic death at the hands of police in Minneapolis, United States.

In the Premier League, players will wear 'Black Lives Matter' on the back of their shirts for first 12 matches of the restarted season.

And we saw another gesture just before the first game back.

In powerful scenes, the players and officials dropped to one knee.

The players knelt for around eight seconds to mark the eight minutes and 46 seconds that a police officer knelt on George Floyd's neck.


Former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright feels there is more momentum behind the support for racial equality that at any point in his lifetime.

"For the first time in my lifetime, even being racially abused a couple of weeks ago myself - it's still prevalent - this moment we are in right now in respects of movement and momentum, is the best it's been," Wright, who was sent racist abuse on social media last month, said, per BBC Sport.

He added: "The Premier League has done brilliantly to back it and hopefully now it will continue with the momentum.

"We are not waiting for an incident before we talk about stuff now because people will be having the conversation.

"We don't need a player to get racially abused before we say 'what are we going to do?'"

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