Sky Sports expert Matt Le Tissier says he will "check" whether he should continue to wear a Black Lives Matter badge on television and talk to his superiors because he doesn't want to promote "left-wing ideology."
- Matt Le Tissier spoke to Sky Sports about Black Lives Matter badge
- The expert should "check" wearing over the politics of the movement
- It adopted the slogan "Defund the Police", which has led to controversy
Sky Sports expert Matt Le Tissier says he "checks" for wearing a Black Lives Matter badge on the television channel after sympathizing with a Twitter user claiming that the movement has an "extreme left ideology."
Since the murder of George Floyd by a white policeman in the United States last month, there has been worldwide protests and outrage at racism and racial discrimination, and the world of sport has shown its support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Sky Sports presenters and guests wore Black Lives Matter badges when they appeared in programs, but now Le Tissier says he has had discussions with his superiors about them.
Matt Le Tissier says he is considering the use of Black Lives Matter badges at Sky Sports
The Southampton legend and the former England international responded to a tweet accusing him of "promoting a radical leftist ideology," saying he had spoken to the Sky Sports bosses about the matter.
Black Lives Matter encourage the slogan #DefundThePolice amidst the outcry over alleged police violence against blacks and demand "an end to systemic racism that allows this culture of corruption to remain uncontrolled and our lives taken away".
Le Tissier initiated the debate by asking his followers to remove him on Twitter if they were from the far right or the far left.
The ex-star from Southampton asked Twitter followers to remove it if they were on the far left or far right
“Look tomorrow, polite request, if you are on the far right or left, do me and you a favor and don't follow me, it will be good for you and our sanity, because I couldn't give two cries like many followers I have I will not be offended. & # 39;
A Twitter user replied, "If you're a central mate, why should you wear a badge that promotes a left-wing ideology?"
The 51-year-old wrote back: "This is a good point that I have already told my boss."
Another said, "Maybe you should check your BLM badge," to which he replied, "I'm checking."
Le Tissier said he "checked" his use of the Black Lives Matter badge on Sky Sports shows
After Le Tissier's tweet there were many reactions and debates. Another user said he hated this badge from the left and right.
And one replied that the BLM badge was a bit dodgy.
The movement talks about their views of the police on the Black Lives Matter website, saying that Floyd's death is a "breaking point" and a "reminder that law enforcement doesn't protect or save our lives for blacks. They often threaten and take them.
Instead, they called for "national police defusion" and "investing in our communities and resources to ensure that blacks not only survive but thrive".
Sky Sports said Le Tissier turned to her "as a point of discussion" about wearing a Black Lives Matter badge, and the former midfielder was told he was under no obligation to wear one.