Premier League clubs are considering replacing players’ names on the back of jerseys with the phrase “Black Lives Matter” for the league’s first games back since the coronavirus pandemic suspended play.
Clubs across the Premier League will likely sport the altered jerseys for the first round of games when the league returns on June 17. The Premier League’s decision follows support for the Black Lives Matter movement from teams in the Bundesliga. Eintracht Frankfurt donned jerseys with “Black Lives Matter” on Wednesday, while Bayern Munich wore warmup shirts and armbands with “Black Lives Matter” on them last week.
The dedications throughout European soccer follow global protests after the death of George Floyd, who was killed in Minnesota police custody on May 25. Premier League jerseys are also expected to feature patches honoring NHS workers for their service during the COVID-19 crisis.