With football set to return to England next week, a host of captains at Premier League clubs have declared their intentions to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
According to the New York Times, the issue was raised on Tuesday during a conference call involving all 20 captains of Premier League clubs. While not officially Arsenal’s captain, the report claims that Hector Bellerin represented the Gunners during this meeting.
These calls were set-up earlier in the year by the league following the COVID-19 lockdown to keep in direct contact with players and allow captains to share their squad’s thoughts.
The report claims the meeting on Tuesday focused on which causes or messages players believed should be displayed, such as in the form of messages on banners.
Bellerin, alongside Everton captain Seamus Coleman and Watford captain Troy Deeney, suggested paying homage to the National Health Service and to Britain’s other key workers.
It’s believed the players also outlined their wishes to pay tribute to current worldwide protests and the Black Lives Matter movement following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, last month.
In Germany, many footballers and clubs alike have already paid tribute to those involved. In matches, the likes of Jadon Sancho, Marcus Thurham, and Weston McKennie have paid tribute either in their celebrations or clothing while players from Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have trained in shirts bearing slogans from some of the protests.
The likes of Bellerin, Coleman and Deeney were reportedly vocal during the meeting and said that football has a duty to make its voice heard on social issues, especially those that matter to its fans and players.
The Premier League officially returns next Wednesday when Aston Villa face Sheffield United and Manchester City play Arsenal.
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