Black lives matter: Premier League players set to take strong stand in protesting George Floyd incident

Premier League players set to take strong stand in protesting George Floyd incident


The death of  George Floyd who falls victim of racism has shocked the world and people across the world are protesting against the deed. The footballing world is not left behind either, with players and clubs mourning the death of the American.

Players from German leagues like the life of Achraf Hakimi, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Thuram are few players who have showcased their protests on the George Floyd incident during matches in the Bundesliga.

In English league as well Clubs are not lagging behind from taking a knee before the practice session to wearing shirts prior to the match with a message against racism, they are doing their bit too.

Now it has been confirmed that in an act to showcase further solidarity, Premier League (PL) stars are set to replace their surnames behind the shirt’s back with ‘Black Lives Matter’. It will be on players’ kits for the first 12 games of the season along with the logo of the cause on their jersey. PL hotshots such as Raheem Sterling, Alexandre Lacazette have been a victim of such deed in the past and are very clear about their stance on this matter.

A statement was released earlier from the PL authorities, which include a note from the stars as they stand against racism. The statement read:

“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 PL authorities along with other Associations part of football in England has made it clear that they fully support the players who stand against this violent act and their plea to replace their surnames with the message of ‘Black Lives Matter’ are granted.

Furthermore, they would also support players who ‘take a knee’, a gesture that has become synonyms with the protests.

It is indeed an appreciable decision by the football governing bodies in England. Racism should not be allowed in any form in anyone’s life, let alone sports. Football can set a perfect example of it, as players of different culture, caste, religion, colour come together and rub shoulder to shoulder with just one aim- to win the game for their team.
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