Premier League players will now wear ‘No Room For Racism’ badges on their shirt sleeves in 2020/21, replacing the “Black Lives Matter” logo which was formally on their kits at the end of last season.
The Premier League has authorized that both the officials and players will support the fight against racial abuse and unjust treatment through sporting the ‘No Room For Racism” logo on their kits, from the beginning to the end of 2020/21 campaign.
A statement from the Premier League read: “At today’s Premier League club captains’ meeting, it was agreed that players and match officials will wear a ‘No Room For Racism’ sleeve badge on their shirts for the 2020/21 season.
For the first time the badge will feature on players’ and officials’ to the end of the season, and this will act as a continuous reminder of the dedication by the Premier League, its clubs, players and PGMOL to put a stop to racism.”
When the 2019/20 season resumed in June after the coronavirus pandemic saw sport across the UK halted, Players in England’s top-flight began taking the knee.
The League has stated that it will continue to give it’s support to players who want to kneel before games next season.
The reason for this show of support was a answer to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died couples of month ago.
They also added that the plan will work on the strength created last season when they were meeting with the players, ‘Black Lives Matter’ showed on kits when the season commenced after the pandemic.
The League also affirm to keep on supporting players who ‘take a knee’ at matches.
Since the time “No Room For Racism” campaign started around March 2019 it has united the Premier League’s wide-ranging effort promoting equality and inclusion in all areas of football.
Strong messages has been sent to fans attending games and those watching around the world whenever Matches dedicated to No Room For Racism, it encourage behavioral change and urging them to take action by reporting any racist
Richard Masters Premier League chief executive stated that “We, our clubs, players and match officials have a long-standing dedication to fight the unjust.
We have continued to listen and talk to players on this issue and will assist them as well as continuing to stress the Premier League’s position against racism.
Unjust treatment in any form, anywhere, is completely unacceptable and No Room For Racism makes our zero-tolerance obvious.
We will not take this important issue as mere issue and we will continue to work with our clubs, players and partners to address all bias attitude.”
When the 2019/20 season resumed,for the first 12 games Premier League players had their names replaced by ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the back of their shirts.
Of recent, the England national team took a knee in frnt of their Nations League double header against Iceland and Denmark, this making it the first time the England squad displayed such gesture before a game.
Two Crystal Palace Patrick van Aanholt, Wilfried Zaha, ex Arsenal forward player Ian Wright, Sheffield United’s David McGoldrick and Borussia Dortmund newly signed Jude Bellingham were all victims of online racist abuse at the end of last season.