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UK News Premier League support for Black Lives Matter 'not political'

08:25  01 july  2020
08:25  01 july  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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The Premier League reaffirmed its commitment to its anti-racism campaign on Tuesday, which it said was not political The league issued a statement after its chief executive Richard Masters was grilled by British lawmakers at a hearing on Tuesday about its support for the Black Lives Matter (BLM)

(Reuters) - The Premier League reaffirmed its commitment to its anti-racism campaign on Tuesday, which it said was not political , although it Players will continue to wear Black Lives Matter logos on their shirt sleeves until the end of the season but the league said this support had no connection with

The Premier League has said its anti-racist Black Lives Matter campaign does not endorse any organisation or movement with a political agenda.

a close up of a person holding a ball: Football players have worn shirts supporting the anti-racism Black Lives Matter movement © Getty Football players have worn shirts supporting the anti-racism Black Lives Matter movement

The UK branch of Black Lives Matter has been cause for some concern after it posted on social media about defunding the police, calling for the dismantling of capitalism and issues regarding Israel and Palestine.

a man with a football ball on a field: Tyrone Mings was among those who took a knee ahead of the first Premier League game after lockdown © Sky Tyrone Mings was among those who took a knee ahead of the first Premier League game after lockdown

In a statement, the league reaffirmed its commitment to its anti-racism campaign, although it was "aware of the risk posed by groups that seek to hijack popular causes and campaigns".

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The Premier League says its Black Lives Matter campaign is sending a message it is unacceptable to treat black people differently to anyone else - not an endorsement of a political movement. A series of tweets from the Black Lives Matter UK account about Palestine has prompted criticism.

The Premier League has taken the unusual step of issuing a statement after its chief executive stressed its endorsement of the Black Lives Matter movement is on “moral” and not political grounds. Richard Masters insisted that the support “does not set any particular precedent” as he warned that

It said such actions are "entirely unwelcome and are rejected by the Premier League".

Some players have begun distancing themselves from BLM UK, with former Stoke City midfielder Karl Henry saying that there needs to be a "politically-neutral anti-racism movement".

"I think the majority of the UK have now had enough of that organisation," he tweeted.

After BLM UK posted a series of tweets over the weekend, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer told BBC Breakfast it was a "shame" the sentiment behind the UK movement was "getting tangled up with these organisational issues".

Education will save us – Guardiola condemns 'White Lives Matter' banner

  Education will save us – Guardiola condemns 'White Lives Matter' banner Pep Guardiola says the fight to end injustice "starts in the schools" after a banner was displayed in Burnley's trip to Manchester City.The aircraft was spotted shortly after players from both teams took a knee in a show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, a gesture that has been a feature of all top-flight matches since the league returned from the coronavirus-enforced hiatus last week.

Premier League CEO Richard Masters defended players' and clubs' collective decision to support the Black Lives Matter movement on Tuesday, describing it as a moral cause and not a political one. When the league restarted this month after a three-month stoppage due to the coronavirus pandemic

Premier League CEO Richard Masters defended the decision to support the Black Lives Matter movement, describing it as a moral cause and not a political one. He highlighted previous cases of politics in English football such as when Arsenal distanced themselves from Mesut Ozil's support for

He added that it was "nonsense" for the group to call to "defund the police".

In response to his comments, BLM UK tweeted that Sir Kier "was a cop in an expensive suit".

BLM UK has also been accused of antisemitism after airing its support for Palestinians on Twitter.

One tweet read: "As Israel moves forward with the annexation of the West Bank, and mainstream British politics is gagged of the right to critique Zionism, and Israel's settler colonial pursuits, we loudly and clearly stand beside our Palestinian comrades."

The UK's Board of Deputies swiftly responded to the tweets and claimed the far left and far right were trying to "divide black and Jewish communities".

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Marie van der Zyl, president of the board, said in a statement: "It is beyond disappointing that the Black Lives Matter UK, supposedly an anti-racist organisation has leaned into the antisemitic trope that British politics is 'gagged' in terms of debating Israel, a claim particularly preposterous because Israel is one of the most-discussed foreign policy issues in this country."

Alexander-Arnold to wear 'Black Lives Matter' boots in Merseyside derby

  Alexander-Arnold to wear 'Black Lives Matter' boots in Merseyside derby Showing his support for the Black Lives Matter movement, Trent Alexander-Arnold will wear and auction special BLM boots.Following the death of African American man George Floyd in police custody last month, anti-racism protests have swept the globe and the Premier League gave its backing ahead of this week's restart.

The Premier League has distanced itself from Black Lives Matter and said it 'does not endorse' the group after pundit Matt Le Tissier said he only wore The body said in a statement that while there is 'no room for racism in football', it does not support any ' political organisation or movement', nor any

The Premier League ’s support of the Black Lives Matter movement “does not set any particular precedent”, according to its chief executive Richard Masters, who warned players and managers will still face punishment for making unapproved political gestures. The competition, its clubs and players

The Premier League's statement was released after its chief executive Richard Masters was grilled by British MPs at a hearing on Tuesday about its support for the BLM movement.

Mr Masters defended players and clubs for wearing "Black Lives Matter" on their shirts and described the cause as a moral one at the hearing of the Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) Committee on Tuesday.

When the league restarted earlier this month after a three-month stoppage due to the COVID-19 crisis, players from all 20 clubs replaced their names with "Black Lives Matter" on the back of their shirts.

All 22 players and the referee "took a knee" in support of the movement at the first Premier League match at Villa Park.


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