PREMIER League football kicked off again last night after a 100-day wait — with players and officials uniting to ‘take a knee’ against racism.
As the whistle sounded, Aston Villa and Sheffield United players performed the show of solidarity alongside referee Michael Oliver. The scene was repeated at the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City took on Arsenal.
At both games, the words ‘Black Lives Matter’ replaced players’ names on the back of shirts. Heart-shaped badges to honour the NHS were sewn into all kits and there was a minute’s silence for victims of coronavirus before kick-off. At Villa Park, a steward’s coat was draped over an empty seat in honour of Villa manager Dean Smith’s father Ron, 79, who died of the virus last month.