The Premier League yesterday, announced that she will stand with any club or player intending to show solidarity with campaigns against racism and discrimination. Barely two days after Arsenal players and coaching staff took a knee in and wore shirts with anti racism messages on them, the Premier League has said she supports players’ wish to have ‘Black Lives Matter’ on their shirts and to ‘take a knee’ in matches. In addition, each player will have “Black Lives Matter” logo printed on the back of their shirts to replace their names, for the remainder of the football season which is se to resume in a few days. Along with that, each player and coach will wear a badge thanking the NHS for their work since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a press release yesterday, the Premier League said, “Premier League players from all 20 clubs have made 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.”
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”
This is a noble gesture that will have a worldwide impact, because the Premier League and her other affiliated bodies, have ardent followers all over the world, in every rural and urban place. The effects of such decision will most likely have the widest publicity and reach.
We reported that Arsenal took the knee in support of the Black-Lives-Matter campaigns and wore shirts with relevant messages shortly before a behind-closed-doors friendly at the Emirates Stadium. Go through this link to read the story.
Young Arsenal Football Club head coach and manager, Mikel Arteta, said that the Arsenal captain, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, a Gabonese, was the one who suggested that solidarity protest after consulting his fellow players. He then approached him with the idea and he thought it would be a noble gesture. And after speaking with the club heirachy, they were given permission to do it.
The campaign thickened after Donald Trump, instead of calming nerves and reaching out to peaceful protesters after the gruesome racist murder of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis, threatened military clampdown on protesters, calling them terrorists. Click here to read our story on Donald Trump threatening violent response to protests.
The protests has since spread to many other parts of the world.