BLM badges dropped from Brighton vs Man United on Sky Sports due to comments on Israel & defunding police

Brighton vs Man United

Manchester United won 3-0 at Brighton in the Premier League on Tuesday night.

As has become commonplace since football resumed in England, the game began with a pause in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

However, is support for BLM waning at Sky Sports?

 

Sky Sports presenters & pundits stop wearing BLM badges

Eagle-eyed viewers noticed that the likes of Gary Neville, Jamie Redknapp and Patrice Evra all stopped wearing BLM badges during Sky’s broadcast of the Brighton vs Man United game.

In recent weeks, TV viewers have become accustomed to seeing guests and presenters on Sky Sports sporting the ‘Black Lives Matters’ symbol on their clothes.

 

So why the u-turn on BLM support? Because of Tweets on Israel & defunding police

Both the Daily Mail and the Sun have reported on why the Sky Sports personalities are no longer wearing the BLM badges.

According to the Sun, “Jamie Redknapp and Patrice Evra ditched the Black Lives Matter badges on Sky Sports last night after the movement’s controversial statements criticising Israel.”

The official Twitter handle for Black Lives Matter UK has tweeted the following in recent days:

It’s also been reported in the Daily Mail that support for Black Lives Matters has been affected by the organisation’s call to defund the police. Reportedly, “concerns have been raised” after BLM UK posted the following:

Matt Le Tissier voices his concerns about BLM

The Daily Mail have spoken to Sky Sports pundit Matt Le Tissier regarding the ongoing BLM issues. Le Tissier 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.

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.

Matt Le Tissier has further clarified his position on social media.

 

What the Premier League think about the BLM tweets on Israel & defunding police

The Premier League have been contacted for reaction to the BLM tweets regarding Israel and defunding the police.

While the Premier League maintained it’s support for Black Lives Matter, arguing it’s not an endorsement of “any political organisation or movement”, they’ve also been critical of these other remarks.

The BBC have published the following statement from the Premier League:

We are aware of the risk posed by groups that seek to hijack popular causes 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.

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This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.

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