PPremier League players have unanimously agreed to have “Black Lives matter” replace their name behind shirts for the first 12 rounds of matches.
The announcement was made on Friday, by the players after a meeting, as the premier league plans to resumes next week.
Black Lives Matter movement began last month after a black American man was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, United States of America.
A number of premier league players have supported the movement in the fight against racism and have decided to take it a step further by carrying all parties involved in the League.
— Jordan Henderson (@JHenderson) June 12, 2020
A statement 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.”
In support of the wishes of the players, the premier league released a statement on their Site.
“The Premier League stands alongside players, clubs, The FA, EFL, PFA, LMA, PGMOL and all those who oppose discrimination in any form.
‘The League supports the players’ wish to have their names replaced by “Black Lives Matter” on the back of their shirts for the first 12 matches of the restarted 2019/20 season.
“A Black Lives Matter logo will also feature on shirts for the remainder of the season, along with a badge thanking the NHS for their work during the COVID-19 crisis.
‘In addition, the League will support players who “take a knee” before or during matches. The Premier League believes there is no room for racism, anywhere.” #NOROOMFORRACISM.
Liverpool and Arsenal players were pictured kneeling down on their various pitches a symbol in support of the fight against racism.