Players from all 20 clubs shared the following statement:
“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 solidarity with its players, the Premier League has announced that it will not only support those who wish to “take a knee” before or during matches but also supports the initiative of players who wish to replace their names with ‘Black Lives Matter” for the first 12 matches of the restarted 2019/2020 season.
Additionally, the Black Lives Matter logo will remain on all jerseys for the remainder of the season, along with a badge thanking the United Kingdom National Health Service for their work during the Covid-19 crisis.
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