After over 100 days without top flight football being played within England, the Premier League returned on June 17th 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic there have been conditions to the restarting of football. For example, there will not be any fans in attendance of any of the games in order to avoid the spread of Covid-19. Despite speculation of the games being played at neutral venues, this has not been and will not be the case moving forwards and all teams will play their home and away games as usual.
With the return of football coming during a time where the Black Lives Matter movement has become extremely huge and during a global pandemic, there have been slight adjustments to the players’ kits. On the back of all players’ shirts the words ‘Black Lives Matter’ have replaced the spot where names would usually go, at least for the opening 12 days of the campaign, as well as a Black Lives Matter emblem on the sleeve of every player. On the chest of each player is a heart shaped emblem with the letters “NHS” within it in order to support and show gratitude towards the National Health Service.
In every game played so far premier league players have taken a knee of solidarity before the game has kicked off again to show their support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The stadiums may be empty but football continues to make a huge social impact.
By Chikomborero Madanhi