“The EPL has done well with Black Lives Matter Campaign” – Olamide

The English Premier League has taken a very huge step in the right direction with the Black Lives Matter Movement to Eradicate Racism – Olamide Baron

The Premier League returned on the 17th June after every top-flight club approved the proposed matchday protocol.

And it is for that first round of fixtures, starting with Aston Villa vs Sheffield United and Manchester City vs Arsenal, that they had their kits proudly modified.

Players from across the league have already shown their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, kneeling during training sessions and even before games – such as Arsenal before their 3-2 loss at home to Brentford.

It was in effect for the opening 12 games of the restart of the league, and when names returned a BLM logo is featured on shirts and this will run for the rest of the season.

A statement from players at all 20 clubs including Nigeria and Super Eagles superstar Kelechi Iheanacho read: “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 or creed.

“This symbol is a sign of unity from all Players, all Staff, all Clubs, all Match Officials and the Premier League #blacklivesmatter #playerstogether.”

The English Premier League has taken a very huge step in the right direction with the Black Lives Matter Movement to Eradicate Racism – Olamide Baron

The Premier League returned on the 17th June after every top-flight club approved the proposed matchday protocol.

And it is for that first round of fixtures, starting with Aston Villa vs Sheffield United and Manchester City vs Arsenal, that they had their kits proudly modified.

Players from across the league have already shown their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, kneeling during training sessions and even before games – such as Arsenal before their 3-2 loss at home to Brentford.

It was in effect for the opening 12 games of the restart of the league, and when names returned a BLM logo is featured on shirts and this will run for the rest of the season.

A statement from players at all 20 clubs including Nigeria and Super Eagles superstar Kelechi Iheanacho read: “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 or creed.

“This symbol is a sign of unity from all Players, all Staff, all Clubs, all Match Officials and the Premier League #blacklivesmatter #playerstogether.”

Premier League chiefs also consulted with leading players before confirming their Black Lives Matter stance.

They have already supported stars who decide to “take a knee” before or during matches.

Despite expectations, a firm position was agreed, club bosses agreed to leave detailed discussions to the league executive.

The club chiefs, meeting virtually for the 12th time since the Premier League was shut down in March, signalled their determination to show strong support for the worldwide campaign.

But it was felt it was vital clubs ensured their next steps met the wishes and message the players, who represent the public face of the league to millions of fans around the globe, want to send.

Though there were concerns any show of support for the movement would be pointless unless the league’s action has already been backed by the players.

League chiefs spoke to representatives of the players at all 20 clubs, seeking their input and observations about potential measures.

These are understood to include a clear statement of the League’s support for the campaign as part of a pre-match collective kneel, plus prominently messaging inside stadiums.

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