Soccer players wear ‘Black Lives Matter’ kits, kneel at start of games as EPL returns

The English Premier League returned Wednesday with Aston Villa taking on Sheffield United and Manchester City playing Arsenal. With it, the worldwide support for the "Black Lives Matter" movement among athletes was on full display.  

"Black Lives Matter" stretched from end to end on the back of each player's jersey, rather than displaying a name. When the referees blew the whistle to signal the start of the first matches in months, everyone on the field — including the refs — dropped to a knee for several seconds before rising in unison and beginning their games.  

According to Reuters, the matches were the first in Premier League history to be held without fans. Strict health protocols due to the coronavirus pandemic limited the events to 300 personnel total. 

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