SKY Sports experts traded Black Lives Matters badges for Kick It Out pins today after the group was charged with “hijacking” the death of George Floyd.
Most of Soccer Saturday’s guests instead wore the emblem of the football-related anti-racism charity after a week of debate.
Jeff Stelling, Clinton Morrison, Matt Le Tissier and Paul Merson all exchanged today.
But BT Sport presenters, including Rio Ferdinand and Jake Humphrey, still wore the BLM badge.
The BLM movement and the wearing of their badges divided presenters and guests on Sky Sport – some no longer wearing pins.
This week the group has been involved in a row because it has been criticized for using the movement in the UK to promote political views.
This comes as it has been reported that the BBC has told staff and guests not to wear the BLM badge.
The British branch has recently come under scrutiny after sharing tweets about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and calling for funding for the police.
He said British policy was “gagged with the right to criticize Zionism” and published a message “Free Palestine”.
But Jewish groups and human rights activists said the anti-racism group’s tweets were “failures.”
I simply do not agree with some of the points of this movement – in particular the dismantling of the police and the anti-capitalist points are things with which I do not agree.
Matt Le Tissier
Following this, some Sky Sports experts chose to stop wearing the pin – Le Tissier claiming that he did not want to show his support for “the far left”.
The 51-year-old said: “I just don’t agree with some of the points in this movement – especially the funding of the police and the anti-capitalist points are things that I don’t agree with.
“These are the two main points for me. I am very happy that they have their point of view, but it is mine and that is where I sit.
Sky Sports said that guests and hosts can make their own decisions about wearing Black Lives Matter badges.
Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole and Martin Keown still wore Black Lives Matter badges.
Their decision came after his colleague, Jamie Redknapp, dropped his BLM badge following controversial tweets.
Black Lives Matter’s adoption of the slogan “fund the police” in particular has sparked controversy over the goal of “dismantling capitalism”.
One of BLM’s biggest demands is that the police force be disbanded and their funds redirected to youth mental health services.
Since returning from the Premier League after the lockdown on June 17, players have knelt before kickoff and have Black Lives Matter patches on their sleeves.
But the Premier League now seems to have moved away from the movement.
Towards the end of the week, he said he recognized “the importance of the message that black lives are important”, but said he “does not approve of any political organization or movement, nor does it support any group that calls for violence or condones illegal activities. ”
Tottenham Hotspur is also said to have become the first club to publicly break away from the tweet movement.
The Black Lives Matter movement was honored after the death of Mr. Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.
A video of his murder showing a white policeman kneeling on Mr. Floyd’s neck as he gasped “I can’t breathe” went viral and sparked worldwide protests.