UK Premier League distances itself from Black Lives Matter

Former Premier League stars Jamie Redknapp and Patrice Evra were not wearing Black Lives Matter badges during tonight's coverage of Brighton v

Since the league resumed, guests appearing on Sky Sports have worn badges with the campaign phrase after all 20 clubs agreed to use the slogan on their shirts for the first round  of games following the Covid-19 break. 

However, as Brighton took on , the former Liverpool and players were not wearing the badge. 

Pundits Jamie Redknapp, pictured, and Patrice Evra were not wearing Black Lives Matter badges when appearing on tonight's show on Sky Sports

Pundits Jamie Redknapp, pictured, and Patrice Evra were not wearing Black Lives Matter badges when appearing on tonight's show on Sky Sports

The pair were discussing Brighton v Manchester United on Sky Sports tonight

The pair were discussing Brighton v on Sky Sports tonight

This follows a move by the Premier League to distanced itself from Black Lives Matter and said it 'does not endorse' the group after pundit Matt Le Tissier said he only wore their badge on TV after being asked to by Sky Sports bosses. 

The body said in a statement that while there is 'no room for racism in football', it does not support any 'political organisation or movement', nor any group which 'calls for violence or condones illegal activity'. 

The dramatic about-turn came even though dozens of Premier League footballers have taken the knee - the symbol of the BLM movement - since the restart of the competition earlier this month.

The Premier League's statement came after ex-player Mr Le Tissier, 51, criticised the group's 'far-left ideology' and said he 'could not support' the cause's anti-police and anti-capitalist aims.  

The Premier League has distanced itself from Black Lives Matter and said it 'does not endorse' the group after pundit Matt Le Tissier said he only wore their badge (circled) on TV after being asked to by Sky Sports bosses

The Premier League has distanced itself from Black Lives Matter and said it 'does not endorse' the group after pundit Matt Le Tissier said he only wore their badge (circled) on TV after being asked to by Sky Sports bosses

The body said in a statement that while there is 'no room for racism in football', it does not support any 'political organisation or movement', nor any group which 'calls for violence or condones illegal activity'. Pictured: Former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher also wore the BLM badge on TV

The body said in a statement that while there is 'no room for racism in football', it does not support any 'political organisation or movement', nor any group which 'calls for violence or condones illegal activity'. Pictured: Former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher also wore the BLM badge on TV 

He had, along with fellow Sky pundit Jamie Carragher appeared on air wearing a Black Lives Matter badge but said he only did so after being asked to.  

In its statement, the Premier League said it stands alongside clubs and footballing bodies in supporting people who have 'come together in recent weeks to reject racism and to show support for the message that black lives matter.'

However, it then went on: 'We do not endorse any political organisation or movement, nor support any group that calls for violence or condones illegal activity.

'We are aware of the risk posed by groups that seek to hijack popular causes and campaigns to promote their own political views. 

'These actions are entirely unwelcome and are rejected by the Premier League and all other professional football bodies, and they underline the importance of our sport coming together to declare a very clear position against prejudice.' 

The message came after the UK arm of Black Lives Matter said it wants to defund the police completely and abolish capitalism and has pledged support for Palestine amid Israel's plans to annex the West Bank.  

The group's other aims prompted Le Tissier to tell MailOnline on Friday to air his criticism. 

The dramatic about-turn came even though dozens of Premier League footballers have taken the knee - the symbol of the BLM movement - since the restart of the competition earlier this month

The dramatic about-turn came even though dozens of Premier League footballers have taken the knee - the symbol of the BLM movement - since the restart of the competition earlier this month 

His words followed black footballer Karl Henry, who branded the group 'divisive'.   

Le Tissier said bosses at Sky had asked him and other pundits to wear the logo for their appearances and he agreed, but pointed out he supported 'the cause, not the organisation'. 

Speaking outside his home near Southampton, Hants, he said: 'I just don't agree with some of the points of that movement - specifically the defunding of the police and the anti capitalist points are things I do not agree with.

The Premier League's statement in full

The Premier League stands alongside players, clubs, The FA, EFL, PFA, LMA, PGMOL and all those who have come together in recent weeks to reject racism and to show support for the message that black lives matter. These three words have become an expression of unity for people from all communities who believe it is unacceptable to treat black people differently to anyone else.

In an unprecedented move, Premier League players from all 20 clubs united in solidarity with this message and the Premier League supported their request to replace their names on the back of playing shirts with ‘Black Lives Matter’.

The Premier League offered this backing as we wholly agree with the players’ single objective of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists. And we are unequivocal in the belief that there is no room for racism in our competition, football as a whole, or the wider community. Together, all professional football bodies and the players and managers recognise the importance of the message that black lives matter. However, we do not endorse any political organisation or movement, nor support any group that calls for violence or condones illegal activity.

We are aware of the risk posed by groups that seek to hijack popular causes and campaigns to promote their own political views. These actions are entirely unwelcome and are rejected by the Premier League and all other professional football bodies, and they underline the importance of our sport coming together to declare a very clear position against prejudice. We want our message to be a positive one that recognises football has the power to bring people together.

As the players have made clear, we will all continue to work to promote equality of opportunity - regardless of colour or creed - and celebrate the advantages of diversity wherever we can.

The Premier League believes there is no room for racism or any form of discrimination, anywhere #NoRoomforRacism.

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'They are the two main points for me. I am quite happy for them to have their point of view, but that is mine and that is where I sit.

'I think a lot of people in the country would agree with me.

'I will still wear the badge because I do of course believe black lives matter. It's a simple thing,

'I agree with the cause but there are parts of the organisation that I just cannot support.'

When asked whether pundits on Sky Sports had been told to wear the badge, Le Tissier laughed and said: 'We were asked to wear it.' 

He and Henry had been the only high-profile voices in football so far to raise concerns about the UK arm, which has protested over the killing of George Floyd by a white policeman in the US.

Until them the sport had completely embraced the movement, with players taking the knee before Premier League and Championship matches kicked off.

But the past few days has seen the group embroiled in an anti-Semitism row and criticism of its 'defund the police' agenda. 

Presenters and guests on Sky Sports have worn BLM badges when appearing on programmes, but now Le Tissier says he has held talks with his bosses about this.

Meanwhile Henry has called for a 'new

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