Premier League players from all 20 Premier League clubs released a joint statement on Friday saying the nameplate on their kits will be replaced by the statement “Black Lives Matter” when the 2019-20 season resumes next week.
The players 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 confirmed it’s stand alongside players, clubs, The FA, EFL, PFA, LMA, PGMOL, and all those who stand against discrimination in any form.
The Premier League is going to support players who 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.
The Premier League also stated that a Black Lives Matter logo will 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.