The protests in the United States have inspired anti-racism statements from around the world, including all gestures from all 20 Premier League clubs and many players and managers.
There have been ongoing protests and horrible violence in the U.S. since the May 25 killing of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died after a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck for nearly nine minutes even after he stopped moving and pleaded for air in Minnesota.
Newcastle United’s American defender DeAndre Yedlin issued an emotional thread (below) as one of a great deal of players to express hopes for change and solidarity, while Schalke’s Weston McKennie explained his wearing a black armband reading “Justice For George” in the Bundesliga this weekend.
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From Ancelotti to Zaha, Antonio to Yedlin, Arsenal to Wolves, we’ve collected many of their sentiments below in what we hope serves as universal disdain for racial prejudice.
Some players like Leicester City’s Wes Morgan and even entire clubs (Arsenal) changed their online identity photos to reflect these troubled times.
A couple days after George Floyd’s death, my grandfather texted me and told me he’s glad that I am not living in the U.S. right now because he would fear for my life as a young black man. As days have passed, this text from my grandfather has not been able to leave my mind.
— DeAndre Yedlin (@yedlinny) June 2, 2020
— Wes Morgan (@Wes5L1nk) June 2, 2020
BLACK LIVES MATTER 🖤 pic.twitter.com/49ZiCq1LTW
— Wilfried Zaha (@wilfriedzaha) June 2, 2020
— Michail Antonio (@Michailantonio) June 2, 2020
As a player of a club in a community so diverse with culture, players, staff & fans, it's on all of us to speak up about those that look to keep us separated rather than united. I'm no politician but I know we must all play our part to help fight this evil #BlackLivesMatter ❤️💙
— Patrick van Aanholt (@pvanaanholt) June 1, 2020
— Carlo Ancelotti (@MrAncelotti) June 2, 2020
— David Silva (@21LVA) June 2, 2020
— Lucas Digne (@LucasDigne) June 1, 2020
— Lucas Moura (@LucasMoura7) June 2, 2020
— Alisson Becker (@Alissonbecker) June 2, 2020
— Pepe Reina (@PReina25) June 2, 2020
All PL clubs issued messages of solidarity, many using the Black Lives Matter hashtag and making no bones about where they stand.
And we’ll start with a longtime PL club currently in the Championship, who blasted a season ticket holder’s rejection of their unifying Tweet.
You won’t be missed.
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) June 2, 2020
We stand against racism.
We stand side by side with our black community.
We stand with our black players of the past, present and future.
We celebrate diversity.
We belong together. pic.twitter.com/udCfuZzxgU
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) June 2, 2020
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) June 2, 2020
The entire squad knelt in Anfield's centre circle ahead of today's training session in a powerful show of support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
— Liverpool FC (at 🏠) (@LFC) June 1, 2020
— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) June 2, 2020
— Wolves (@Wolves) June 2, 2020
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 1, 2020
We stand together in solidarity with our friends in America and around the world. We are donating to two anti-discrimination charities to support their continued work to educate against racism. pic.twitter.com/0NHQWCn8NH
— Manchester City (@ManCity) June 2, 2020
At this club, we have the motto that together, anything is possible.
And now more than ever, that ethos is needed across the globe.
— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) June 2, 2020
— Chelsea FC (at 🏡) (@ChelseaFC) June 2, 2020
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) June 2, 2020
We are united against racism. pic.twitter.com/gRz7qpWlGl
— Leicester City (@LCFC) June 2, 2020
— Everton (@Everton) June 2, 2020
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) June 2, 2020
— Crystal Palace F.C. (H) (@CPFC) June 2, 2020
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) June 2, 2020
— West Ham United (@🏠) (@WestHam) June 1, 2020
Aston Villa Football Club stands for equality and fairness.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) June 2, 2020
Together we are stronger. pic.twitter.com/KFkCxmznVH
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) June 2, 2020
— Brighton & Hove Albion (at 🏡) (@OfficialBHAFC) June 2, 2020
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) June 2, 2020
Here are some other clubs and players worldwide to have noticed what’s happening in the United States.
— Celtic Football Club (from 🏡) (@CelticFC) June 2, 2020
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) May 31, 2020
— FC St. Pauli (@fcstpauli) June 2, 2020
— Chris Smalling (@ChrisSmalling) June 2, 2020
Enough is enough!
Justice for George Floyd 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/5tTvEw47Wr
— Álvaro González (@AlvaroGonzalez_) June 1, 2020
Change is coming. Enough is enough. ✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/a9Am1WwdRg
— Jozy Altidore (@JozyAltidore) June 2, 2020
It’s not too late to show up to the conversation. I’m glad you’re here. Thank you 🙏🏽✊🏽 https://t.co/cVhpvIoUez
— Justin Morrow (@justmorrow) June 1, 2020