Premier League players could wear “Black Lives Matter” messages on their jerseys when the competition resumes.
During a conference call overnight, clubs
discussed how players can use games to join growing calls to eradicate
racial injustice in society following the police killing of George Floyd
in Minneapolis on May 25.
Plans for the messages on
kits are yet to be finalised ahead of the league restarting on
Wednesday following a 100-day shutdown because of the coronavirus. Clubs
have also discussed the National Health Service logo appearing on
Players from several
Premier League teams have been pictured this week in training taking a
knee as part of anti-racism gestures sparked by the death of Floyd, who
died after a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck for
several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleaded for air.
The laws of the game
prohibit “any political, religious or personal slogans, statements or
images” on matchday equipment. But the English Football Association has
said “common sense” would be applied when assessing the context of
That followed a new stance from FIFA adopted after players in the German league had “Justice for George Floyd” messages on — or under — their jerseys.