EPL Sides Consider Displaying Black Lives Matter Message Rather Than Players’ Names On Back of Jerseys for first Round of Games

Premier League clubs are reportedly considering replacing players’ names on the back of shirts with Black Lives Matter messaging for the first round of games next week.

Protests around the world at the death of George Floyd in America over two weeks ago have resulted in the publicity of the Black Lives Matter movement, with football clubs globally speaking out against racial inequality and police brutality.

With the Premier League returning on June 17, the league is considering the move on the back of shirts as well as a Black Lives Matter badge displayed on the front of the matchday shirts, alongside an NHS badge.

The back of matchday shirts could read Black Lives Matter instead of players’ surname as the Black Lives Matter movement has seen worldwide publicity in recent weeks.

The League asked players for their thoughts on how to show solidarity with the global anti-racism movement in the wake of the death of Floyd.

It has been reported that taking a knee during the playing of the Premier League anthem has been discussed but there have been a number of suggestions.

Crystal Palace defender Patrick Van Aanholt has come out in support of taking a knee, saying: ‘I’m prepared to do it, 100 per cent. I think we have a platform and it’s important.’

Crystal Palace defender Patrick Van Aanholt says he is prepared to take a knee before games

On Wednesday, Arsenal players took a knee and warmed up with ‘I can’t breathe’ and ‘Black Lives Matter ‘ shirts ahead of their 3-2 defeat against Championship side Brentford in a behind closed doors friendly.

Players were pictured warming up in shirts that read ‘Black Lives Matter’, ‘I Can’t Breathe’ and ‘Colour is not a crime ‘ before their game at the Emirates Stadium.

Premier League clubs may give the nod to Black Lives Matter on their shirts next week.


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