Premier League ‘will NOT scrap Black Lives Matter badges from players’ shirts despite backlash over political activism of organisation’s UK arm’… as top flight opt not to follow in footsteps of Sky Sports pundits in ditching slogan
- Premier League threw its weight behind Black Lives Matter for Project Restart
- Players have worn badges – designed by Troy Deeney’s partner – on their sleeves
- UK arm of BLM organisation has received backlash for its political activism
- Reports claim Premier League will not scrap the badges from players’ shirts
The Premier League will not remove Black Lives Matter badges from players’ shirts despite a backlash against the UK arm of the organisation, according to reports.
The top flight have thrown their weight behind the anti-racism movement since the restart, with players taking a knee before every match, replacing their names with ‘Black Lives Matter’ on their shirts and wearing a logo on their sleeves.
The last 48 hours has seen a number of high-profile figures distance themselves from the political activism of the UK branch of the organisation though, but it is understood the Premier League will continue supporting the cause.
The Sun report that Premier League chiefs have no plans to follow Sky Sports pundits and scrap the BLM badge from their shirts, and they will remain until at least the end of the current campaign.
The Premier League ‘will continue to use Black Lives Matter badges until the end of the season’
The badge, designed by the partner of Watford’s Troy Deeney, has been worn by all the players
The top flight threw their weight behind the movement, putting ‘Black Lives Matter’ on shirts
The badge was designed by Troy Deeney’s partner Alisha Hosannah, with the logo depicting a clenched fist of solidarity in place of the letter ‘a’ in the word ‘black’.
Sky Sports’ Jamie Redknapp, Patrice Evra and Gary Neville were among those who opted to go without the badge for Manchester United’s game against Brighton on Tuesday night, attracting plenty of attention on social media.
The move came just hours after Matt Le Tissier, another of the channel’s top pundits, had exclusively told Sportsmail that he was asked by bosses to wear the Black Lives Matter badge, but stressed he ‘could not support’ the cause’s anti police and capitalist aims, while former Wolves midfielder Karl Henry had also slammed the organisation on Twitter.
Black Lives Matter want to bring to an end racial injustice and police brutality, but in recent weeks have called for a cut in money to law enforcement to create a ‘people’s budget’.
Jamie Redknapp (pictured left on Tuesday night) and Patrice Evra did not wear BLM badges on air for the Manchester United game. Ten days ago, Redknapp did wear the pin on his suit (right)
Matt Le Tissier says he will wear Black Lives Matter badges (circled) on Sky Sports but does not support their anti-capitalism and defund the police aims
The UK arm of the group has said it wants to defund the police completely and abolish capitalism and has pledged support for Palestine amid Israel’s plans to annex the West Bank.
While Premier League players are still keen to endorse the sentiment behind the movement, Sportsmail exclusively revealed on Tuesday night that they are keen to distance themselves from the UK organisation, and a group of captains are considering whether to make a public statement on the matter.
On Tuesday, the Premier League said it recognised ‘the importance of the message that black lives matter’ but made clear that it ‘does not endorse any political organisation or movement, nor support any group that calls for violence or condones illegal activity.’
It is understood the Premier League believe they have ‘drawn a clear distinction between the cause represented by BLM and the organisation itself’.
Karl Henry spoke out against Black Lives Matter UK over their anti-capitalism and stance on trying to abolish the police (pictured here playing for Bolton in 2018)
Premier League chief Richard Masters is reportedly going to keep the badges on shirts for now