United support players' anti-racism statement
Manchester United has given its full support to a powerful statement against racism made by players from all 20 Premier League clubs and backed plans to display anti-racism messages on club shirts when games resume next week.
In a joint-statement, Premier League players said: “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.”
The Premier League said it supports a request from the players to have their names replaced by 'Black Lives Matter' on the back of their shirts for the first 12 matches of the restarted 2019/20 season, which is scheduled to resume on 17 June.
A Black Lives Matter logo will also feature on shirts for the remainder of the season, along with a badge thanking the NHS for their work during the COVID-19 crisis.
In their statement, the players said of the logo: “This symbol is a sign of unity from all players, all staff, all clubs, all match officials and the Premier League #blacklivesmatter #playerstogether.” The Premier League said it stood alongside players, clubs and “all those who oppose discrimination in any form”, and added that “there is no room for racism, anywhere”. The League said it will support players who ‘take a knee’ before or during matches.