Premier League players from all 20 clubs have made the following statement:
'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 PFA stands alongside players, clubs, the Premier League, The FA, EFL, LMA, PGMOL and all those who oppose discrimination in any form.
The PFA and the Premier League supports the players’ wish 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. 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 addition, the PFA and the Premier League will support players who ‘take a knee’ before or during matches.
As such a diverse industry, this is an important show of solidarity in the fight against systemic racism. Enough is #Enough.