Premier League confirms players will wear ‘Black Lives Matter’ on back of shirts

Players from all 20 Premier League clubs have agreed to have their names replaced by ‘Black Lives Matter’ on their shirts for the first 12 games of football’s restart.

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As Express Sport reported, players will have the words replacing the names on the back of their shirts, as well as another logo on their shirts for the rest of the campaign, and a badge thanking the NHS for their work during the COVID-19 crisis.

The players, who pushed for the move this week, said in a 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 added: “We stand alongside players, clubs, the FA, English Football League, the Professional Footballers Association, the League Managers Association, the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd and all those who oppose discrimination in any form.”

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The top flight also confirmed that they will support players who ‘take a knee’ before or during matches, as Arsenal’s players did before their friendly game with Brentford at the Emirates Stadium this week.

The English Football League have also confirmed that their players will wear an ‘NHS Rainbow – Thank You’ emblem on their shirts when the Championship starts next week, as well as play-off games in other divisions, and a period of applause will take place prior to all matches from next weekend.

The EFL are also planning measures to support the Black Lives Matter campaign.

Premier League action resumes on June 17, with Sheffield United’s trip to Aston Villa and Manchester City vs Arsenal kicking off the action.

Premier League TV schedule

Wednesday, June 17

Aston Villa vs Sheffield United (6pm) Sky Sports

Man City vs Arsenal (8pm) Sky Sports

Friday, June 19

Norwich vs Southampton (6pm) Sky Sports

Tottenham vs Manchester United (8pm) Sky Sports

Saturday, June 20

Watford vs Leicester (12.30pm) BT Sport

Brighton vs Arsenal (3pm) BT Sport

West Ham vs Wolves (5.30pm) Sky Sports

Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace (7.45pm) BBC

Sunday, June 21

Newcastle vs Sheffield United (2pm) Sky Sports

Aston Villa vs Chelsea (4.30pm) Sky Sports

Everton vs Liverpool (7pm) Sky Sports

Monday, June 22

Man City vs Burnley (8pm) Sky Sports

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