The Premier League has confirmed that the players’ names will be replaced with ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the back of their shirts for the first 12 matches after the suspended season while a logo for the movement will be on each shirt until the season’s end.
The Premier League has now announced its plans with stars interested in demonstrating their solidarity, demanding that they stand alongside them and ‘all those who condemn discrimination.’ For the first 12 games of the season, Black Lives Matter will be on stars’ kits, while a cause logo will also be present on jersey.
Sportsmail revealed this week that top-flight chiefs considered using Black Lives Matter messaging on shirts when Premier League action got back on track.
A statement from the Premier League included a note from top-flight stars vowing to stand together against racism ‘to bring about an inclusion and respect global society.’
It said: ‘We, the Players, stand with the unique goal of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists, to bring about a global society of inclusion, respect, and equal opportunities for all, regardless of their color or creed.
‘This symbol is a sign of unity of all Players, all Staff, all Clubs, all Match Officials, and the #blacklivesmatter #playerstogether Premier League.’
In a continued statement, the Premier League said it stands with the players and that when action resumes from June 17, it will accept calls to include the words ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the back of their kits.
And the league promised to encourage players to take a knee which has become synonymous with the campaign, having been seen in protest against injustice by former NFL star Colin Kaepernick.
It said: ‘The Premier League stands alongside players, clubs, the FA, EFL, PFA, LMA, PGMOL, and all those who oppose any form of discrimination.
‘The League supports the players’ desire to have their names on the back of their jerseys replaced by Black Lives Matter for the first 12 matches of the resumed 2019/20 season. For the remainder of the season, a Black Lives Matter logo will also feature on shirts along with a badge thanking the NHS for their work during the COVID-19 crisis.