In Wednesday’s game, Players in the English Premier League took a knee in solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement.
The long awaited return of the English Premier League came after a 100-day absence due to the coronavirus pandemic. The league started with a blockbuster encounter between Manchester City and Arsenal. The match featured some of the sports most finest players. The second game was between Aston Villa and Sheffield United.
Before the start of the game, refereeing officials,coaching members, and staff of all four teams in Wednesday’s matches took a knee. The players sported jersey’s that replaced their names with the slogan “Black Lives Matter” in an act of solidarity with the movement.
Additionally, some major players said in a short video that they are “tired” of the way black people are represented and treated.Also Read-Olympic Chief Bach Opposes Athletes Taking a Knee for Racism
CNN contributor Darren Lewis said, “All players, including referee Michael Oliver, kneeling for a Black Lives Matter tribute at the moment the eyes of the world are on the game after kick-off. Brilliant.”
Britain’s Culture Secretary Oliver Downden said the return of the League shows the “soft power of UK Sport.”
“The Premier League will be returning and the world will be watching,” added Dowden. “This is hugely symbolic. It’s a boost for our football-loving nation. We need fans to play their part too, watching from home. To keep the home advantage, support from home.”
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Thanks to goals from Sterling, Kevin de Bruyne and Phil Foden, Manchester City emerged as the winners with a 3-0 score. In conclusion, the win has put Manchester City at second place with 22 points behind Liverpool.