The Premier League announced on Thursday that the Black Lives Matter message will be replaced by ‘No Room for Racism’ on players’ and officials’ kits for the duration of the 2020-21 season. The League added that it will continue to support any players who wish to take a knee.
Premier League players will wear a “No Room For Racism” badge on their shirts this season.
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“This is the first time the badge will feature on players’ and officials’ kit throughout the season, and will act as a constant reminder of the commitment by the Premier League, its clubs, players and PGMOL to eradicate racism,” the EPL said in a statement.
“Matches dedicated to No Room For Racism have sent strong messages to fans attending games and those watching around the world, encouraging behavioural change and urging them to take action by reporting any racist conduct.”
Back in June, footballers across Europe gave voice in the campaign to raise awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement outside of the United States, as it gained worldwide attention in the wake of the death of American citizen George Floyd in police custody last month. Captains from all 20 clubs agreed on a collective recognition of the campaign.
“This initiative will build on the momentum created last season when, in consultation with the players, ‘Black Lives Matter’ appeared on kits for all the games following the restart. The League will also continue to support players who ‘take a knee’ at matches,” the league said.