Premier League clubs considering displaying Black Lives Matter message instead of players’ names on the back of shirts for the 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, according to The Athletic. 

Sportsmail revealed on Wednesday that Premier League clubs were considering giving a nod to Black Lives Matter on their shirts when football resumes. 

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 percent. I think we have a platform and it’s important.’ 

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. 

Sport stars across the globe have been using their platform to showcase their support and solidarity with the worldwide campaigning.

Discussions between all 20 clubs took place on Thursday as the Premier League cleared its final hurdle for Project Restart, regarding matchday health and safety protocols. 

The vote at today’s shareholders meeting produced a unanimous result, with measures such as 300 people – made up of players, staff, medics, media, doping official and scouts – allowed inside stadiums agreed on. 

In addition, a minute’s silence is set to be held before games when football returns next week, in honour of the NHS workers in the fight against coronavirus. 


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