A minute of silence will take place before each relaunched Premier League first round match to honor those who died with Covid-19. Heart-shaped badges honoring NHS workers will be embroidered in a team kit, and various support measures for the Black Lives Matter movement were also agreed at Thursday’s high-flying club meeting.
The Guardian understands that the league will have no problem if players or teams want to kneel before games, as some clubs have done before the last friendlies. The names on the back of the players’ jerseys will be replaced, at least for the first set of games, by the words Black Lives Matter, following an initiative launched by the club captains this week. One club explained that their equipment staff had been prepared to order jerseys reflecting the change.
Black Lives Matter badges are also likely to be displayed on shirts, along with their NHS equivalents, although their exact placement is yet to be finalized.
The question of what happens if a player takes off his shirt to reveal a slogan in support of the movement was raised after the referees were concerned about the advisability of issuing a mandatory yellow card in such cases. Public servants should be asked to exercise discretion.