In the Premier League’s first comeback, the players from Aston Villa and Sheffield United knelt briefly after the opening whistle.
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Players on both sides kneel before kickoff to show their support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
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Rather than their surnames, the players also had “Black Lives Matter” featured on the back of their jerseys, which is part of a league-wide campaign for the first 12 games after the restart. The Premier League has released a statement from its players:
“We, the Players, are united in the singular objective of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists, of creating a global society of inclusion, respect and equal opportunities for all, regardless of their color or their belief. This symbol is a sign of the unity of all players, staff, clubs, match officials and the Premier League #blacklivesmatter #playerstogether. ”
After the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, the Americans began to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement and to demand reforms that will fight systemic racism, police brutality and social inequality. The protests have also spread to other countries around the world.
Villa defender Tyrone Mings was among those who paraded earlier this month at an event in Birmingham, England.
The Premier League had been suspended since March 9 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He returned Wednesday to end the 2019-20 season without the presence of supporters.