English Premier League players will pay tribute to worldwide anti-racism movements by wearing shirts with words “Black Lives Matter” on the back during the opening round of fixtures at the season’s restart.
The Premier League has approved for player surnames to be replaced on the back of their shirts with the slogan, while the BLM logo will be displayed on the front for the first 12 matches of the restarted season.
“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 r creed,” the players said in a statement.
The tribute comes amid worldwide protests against racial injustice following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.
Several Premier League clubs in recent week have posed taking a knee, like former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick who popularized the gesture as a way to protest racial issues.