Black Lives Matter badges were again missing from Sky Sports Premier League coverage – most of Soccer’s guest experts on Saturday chose instead to support the football-based anti-racism charity Kick It Out.
Host Jeff Stelling and experts Clinton Morrison, Paul Merson and Matt Le Tissier all donned the badges of the other campaign just days after concerns were expressed about the ideology of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Glen Johnson chose not to support either of the two campaigns, however, after Sky authorized the experts to make their own decisions about whether to wear the emblems.
But for BT Sport’s broadcast of Norwich’s Brighton clash at kick-off on Saturday, all of the guests wore BLM badges.
Black Lives Matter badges were once again missing from Sky Sports Premier League coverage
Soccer Saturday experts chose to support the Kick It Out movement instead
But Rio Ferdinand (photo), Robbie Savage and Steve Sidwell wore BLM badges on BT Sport
Norwich and Brighton players took the knee before kick off at noon on Saturday
Rio Ferdinand, Robbie Savage and Steve Sidwell joined Jake Humphrey for the program and supported the BLM movement in stark contrast to their Sky Sports peers.
The footballers also took a knee to show their solidarity with the movement before kick-off – and the players for the Norwich game were no different.
The stars lined up as usual before the first whistle and crouched on the ground, along with the coaching staff and officials on the ground.
The symbol was adopted by American athletes to protest police brutality and racism in 2016, and has since been used in BLM protests worldwide.
The Premier League has distanced itself from BLM, but players in high-level games still wear “Black Lives Matter” patches on their sleeves after the death of George Floyd in the United States in May.
Sky Sports presenters have worn badges displaying the campaign slogan since the return of the league after the June 17 coronavirus epidemic.
It seems that the Soccer Saturday team is the only one who decided to support Kick It Out instead, other experts having chosen not to wear any badge.
Jamie Redknapp, Kelly Cates and Ashley Cole presented the pre-match cover for the Leicester clash against Crystal Palace without a BLM or Kick It Out badge.
But Roy Keane, Graeme Souness, Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards were all photographed without the badges as they analyzed the best Manchester City flight fixtures against Liverpool and Sheffield United against Tottenham on Thursday evening.
Redknapp has not worn the emblem since Tuesday and has again chosen to abandon it when analyzing the same games in the Sky Sports studio.
Host Jake Humphrey was among those who will continue to support the campaign on Saturday
Sky Sports expert Roy Keane dropped the Black Lives Matter badge in the air Thursday evening
Micah Richards also didn’t appear to be wearing a BLM badge during the night’s high-flying blanket
Jamie Redknapp, who hasn’t worn the emblem since Tuesday, was seen without a BLM badge
Question marks were raised after the publication of a series of tweets by BLM, which had criticized Israel and also called on the British government to “fund the police”.
Premier League leaders should not drop the BLM badge on shirts after distinguishing between the actual cause and the group itself.
Senior management has stated that it recognizes “the importance of the message that black lives matter”, without referring to the organization’s name in capital letters.
He also stressed that he “does not approve of any political organization or movement, nor does he support any group that calls for violence or tolerates illegal activities”.
Kick It Out did not express any political ideology, unlike the BLM movement.
The BBC flatly banned its experts and guests from wearing BLM badges after the recent storm.
Sunday’s game, Alan Shearer and Richards weren’t wearing BLM badges
Former Manchester City star Richards was also pictured not wearing the emblem on television
A senior company source reportedly told the Daily Telegraph that the bosses did not want “visual symbols of support” to be shown on the screen.
In the flagship game of Sunday’s game, neither Alan Shearer nor former Manchester City star Richards donned the emblem.
The BBC source told the Daily Telegraph: “The BBC cannot be seen as supporting one kind of cause over another, and Black Lives Matter is definitely a campaign.
“Therefore, we would not want anyone on the screen to wear visual symbols of support. Our presenters and guests can discuss Black Lives Matter, and we’ve reported on it in depth.
“We are not impartial on racism. But wearing badges on the screen – like any other campaign – would be a step too far.
Matt Le Tissier led the dissenting voices after the decision to allow the experts to wear the badges and revealed that he did so only after being invited by Sky bosses.
Matt Le Tissier revealed he only wore the BLM badge after being informed by Sky bosses
Speaking outside his home near Southampton, he said he supported “The cause, not the organization” and added: “I just don’t agree with some of the points of this movement – especially the dismantling 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. I think a lot of people across the country would agree with me.
“I will always wear the badge because of course I believe black lives matter.
“It’s a simple thing, I agree with the cause but there are parts of the organization that I simply cannot support. “
When asked if Sky Sports experts were ordered to wear the emblem, Le Tissier laughed and said, “We were asked to wear it.
Sky Sports News, however, seems to remain in favor of the movement, after showing the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter before the commercials on Wednesday, July 1.
Sky Sports News still appears to be supporting the movement, wearing the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter before the advertisement yesterday.