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Sky Sports expert Patrice Evra was a leader in the DITCHING Black Lives Matter badge


Sky Sports allowed its experts to decide whether to wear Black Lives Matter badges before going on air last night – Patrice Evra dropped his first one before Jamie Redknapp followed, MailOnline can reveal today.

Redknapp and Evra, as well as hosts Kelly Cates and commentator Gary Neville, did not wear the badges when Sky reported to Brighton and Hove Albion against Manchester United in the Premier League last night.

It came after the Premier League distanced itself from the move, but yesterday's players took their knees before kick-off and "Black Lives Matter" on their sleeves after George Floyd's death in the US in May.

Since the league resumed on June 17, Sky Sports moderators have worn the campaign phrase badges after all 20 clubs agreed to put “Black Lives Matter” on their shirts for all matches after the Covid-19 break.

Players and officials also took their knees before the games, a symbol adopted by U.S. athletes in protest against police brutality and racism in 2016 and is now used in BLM protests around the world. However, concerns were raised after a series of tweets by the BLM criticizing Israel and calling on the British government to "disappoint the police".

Meanwhile, Sky Sports News presenter Mike Wedderburn, who delivered an impressive speech last week after flying a banner titled "White Lives Matter Burnley" over a match, wore a BLM badge this morning. And Sky Sports still seemed to support the movement, wearing the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter before the ad was interrupted.

The Premier League said yesterday that it "recognized the importance of the message that black lives matter" without referring to the organization's name in capital letters, but clarified that it "did not support any political organization or movement or one Group that calls for violence or tolerates illegal activity. & # 39;

BT Sport, which shows Arsenal against Norwich City tonight, also lets experts decide whether to wear the badge. And MailOnline can also show that the issue has been discussed by several players, with a group of top-class captains considering whether to make a public statement on the subject.

While players continue to campaign for equality and maintain such symbolic gestures for the rest of the season, some are concerned about being associated with the BLM's political activism.

On Sunday, BLM UK released a flood of tweets about Israel's planned annexation of the West Bank, claiming that "British mainstream politics has the right to criticize Zionism".

The following day, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer, who "took his knee" with fellow parliamentarians, called it "a shame" that the mood behind the BLM protests was "involved in these organizational problems" and called for calls To disappoint the police was "nonsense".

BLM UK responded with a tweet: "As a public prosecutor, Sir Keir Starmer was a policeman in an expensive suit."

Sky Sports’s dropping of the BLM badge during yesterday's coverage at Amex Stadium after another expert, Matt Le Tissier, said he only wore the badge after the broadcaster’s bosses told him to .

When Sky's top experts saw that they were no longer wearing BLM badges, fans quickly shared their thoughts on Twitter. One said, "If only they had done a little research like we farmers before jumping in with both feet."

Another wrote: "Maybe next time you will research an organization before you support its" cause ", while someone else wrote:" Slowly people are realizing that BLM is an anti-Semitic, anarchist anti-white, anti-legal and Order movement is, and regret their stupid support & # 39 ;.

Ten days ago, Mr. Redknapp had the BLM pin on his suit

Experts Jamie Redknapp (left, yesterday) and Patrice Evra were not wearing Black Lives Matter badges when they appeared on the Sky Sports show last night. But ten days ago, Redknapp wore the BLM pin on his suit (right)

Redknapp (left) and Evra (right) discussed with host Kelly Cates (center) last night about the Sky Sports Premier League game as the dispute over the Black Lives Matter's anti-police and anti-capitalist goals continued

Redknapp (left) and Evra (right) discussed with host Kelly Cates (center) last night about the Sky Sports Premier League game as the dispute over the Black Lives Matter's anti-police and anti-capitalist goals continued

Former Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra, who appeared on the show last night (picture), did not wear a BLM badge, although he vigorously campaigned against racism and was himself a victim of it

Former Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra, who appeared on the show last night (picture), did not wear a BLM badge, although he vigorously campaigned against racism and was himself a victim of it

Sky Sports News presenter Mike Wedderburn, who delivered an impressive speech last week after a "White Lives Matter Burnley" banner flew over a match, still had a BLM badge on the program this morning (top) .

Sky Sports News presenter Mike Wedderburn, who delivered an impressive speech last week after a "White Lives Matter Burnley" banner flew over a match, still had a BLM badge on the program this morning (top) .

Sky Sports News seemed to continue to support the movement and had the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter before advertising was interrupted today

Sky Sports News seemed to continue to support the movement and had the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter before advertising was interrupted today

The 51-year-old Le Tissier criticized the group's "left-wing radical ideology" and said he "could not" support the anti-police and anti-capitalist goals.

He had gone on the air with his Sky expert Jamie Carragher with a BLM badge, but said he only did so after being asked to do so. Sky Sports said the issue of wearing the BLM badge was a matter of individual choice.

Patrice Evra said in a video a little over a month ago (on June 8) that his "heart is burning" when he spoke out against racism after the murder of George Floyd in the United States

Patrice Evra said in a video a little over a month ago (on June 8) that his "heart is burning" when he spoke out against racism after the murder of George Floyd in the United States

The call from players to support the mood behind the Black Lives Matter movement – the need for action to ensure greater equality and an expression of solidarity with those who were persecuted because of their race – was instrumental in that To convince Premier League to start the campaign so a visible part of Project Restart.

Every game since resumption was initiated by players and game officers who got on their knees in honor of George Floyd while Watford captain Troy Deeney's partner designed a BLM logo that appears on the jerseys of all 20 Premier League clubs is.

In the statement yesterday, the Premier League said it was standing next to clubs and football associations to support people "who have come together in recent weeks to oppose racism and support the message that black lives are important."

Then it went on: “We do not support any political organization or movement and do not support a group that demands violence or tolerates illegal activities.

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

"These measures are completely undesirable and are rejected by the Premier League and all other professional football associations. They underline the importance of our sport coming together to take a very clear position against prejudice."

The Premier League has distanced itself from Black Lives Matter and said it will not support the group after expert Matt Le Tissier said he only wore her badge (circled) on TV after being asked to do so by Sky Sports bosses

The Premier League has distanced itself from Black Lives Matter and said it will not support the group after expert Matt Le Tissier said he only wore her badge (circled) on TV after being asked to do so by Sky Sports bosses

The panel said in a statement that while "there is no room for racism in football", it does not support "political organization or movement". Pictured: Former Liverpooler Jamie Carragher has a BLM badge when he works for Sky on June 21

The panel said in a statement that while "there is no room for racism in football", it does not support "political organization or movement". Pictured: Former Liverpooler Jamie Carragher has a BLM badge when he works for Sky on June 21

The dramatic U-turn came despite dozens of Premier League footballers having taken their knees - the symbol of the BLM movement - since the competition restarted earlier this month. Watford's Troy Deeney is pictured on June 20

The dramatic U-turn came despite dozens of Premier League footballers having taken their knees – the symbol of the BLM movement – since the competition restarted earlier this month. Watford's Troy Deeney is pictured on June 20

Black Lives Matter UK released a flood of tweets about Israel's planned annexation of the West Bank on Sunday, claiming that "mainstream British politics has gagged the right to criticize Zionism".

Black Lives Matter UK released a flood of tweets about Israel's planned annexation of the West Bank on Sunday, claiming that "mainstream British politics has gagged the right to criticize Zionism".

Union leader Sir Keir Starmer, who "kneeled" alongside fellow parliamentarians, described it as "shame" that the mood behind the BLM protests was "involved in these organizational problems" and said calls to disappoint the police , be "nonsense" & # 39;

Union leader Sir Keir Starmer, who "took his knee" with fellow parliamentarians, described it as "shame" that the mood behind the BLM protests was "involved in these organizational problems," and said the police said the calls disappoint, be "nonsense" & # 39;

The news came after Black Lives Matter's British arm said it wanted to completely disappoint the police and abolish capitalism, and has committed to support Palestine as part of Israel's plans to annex the West Bank.

The Premier League statement in full

The Premier League stands alongside players, clubs, the FA, the EFL, the PFA, the LMA, the PGMOL and all those who have joined together in recent weeks to oppose racism and support the message that black lives are important . These three words have become an expression of unity for people from all communities who believe that treating black people differently from others is unacceptable.

In an unprecedented move, Premier League players from all 20 clubs have joined forces with this message, and the Premier League supported their call for their names to be replaced by "Black Lives Matter" on the back of the jerseys.

The Premier League offered this support because we fully agree with the players' only goal of eliminating racist prejudice wherever they exist. And we are clearly convinced that there is no room for racism in our competition, in football as a whole or in the wider community. Together, all professional football associations as well as players and managers recognize the importance of the message that black lives are important. However, we do not support any political organization or movement, and we do not support a group that demands violence or tolerates illegal activities.

We are aware of the risk posed by groups trying to hijack popular causes and campaigns to promote their own political views. These measures are completely undesirable and are rejected by the Premier League and all other professional football associations. They underline the importance of our sport in order to take a very clear position against prejudice. We want our message to be positive and recognize that football has the power to bring people together.

As the players have made clear, we will all continue to work to promote equal opportunities, regardless of color or creed, and celebrate the benefits of diversity wherever we can.

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

The group's other goals prompted Le Tissier to inform MailOnline of his concerns yesterday.

His words followed the black football player Karl Henry, formerly Wolverhampton Wanderers and Queens Park Rangers, who described the group as "divisive".

Le Tissier said the Sky chiefs asked him and other experts to wear the logo for their appearances, and he agreed, but indicated that he supported "the cause, not the organization."

In front of his home near Southampton, he said, “I just don't agree with some points of this movement – especially with the police defusing and anti-capitalist points.

& # 39; They are the two main points for me. I'm pretty happy that they take their point of view, but that's mine and I'm sitting there. I think a lot of people in the country would agree with me.

"I will still wear the badge because of course I believe black lives are important.

"It's an easy thing, I agree, but there are parts of the organization that I just can't support."

When asked whether Sky Sports experts had been asked to wear the badge, Le Tissier laughed and said, "We were asked to wear it."

He and Henry have so far been the only high-profile voices in football to raise concerns about the British arm protesting the murder of George Floyd by a white policeman in the United States.

By then, the sport had completely adopted the movement, and players were on their knees before the start of the Premier League and championship games.

But in the past few days, the group has been involved in an anti-Semitic conflict and has criticized its agenda of disappointing the police.

Sky Sports presenters and guests wore BLM badges when they appeared on programs, but now Le Tissier says he has had discussions with his superiors about them.

In the meantime, Henry has called for a "new integrative and politically neutral anti-racism movement" after angering the British group online.

In response, the broadcaster said no one was required to wear the logo, and a source added that it only supported the group because of their stance against racism.

The legend of Southampton 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.

Le Tissier is one of the most popular football experts after a brilliant career in Southampton and was voted the greatest Premier League player of all time in a Eurosport poll.

June 17: Sky Sports presenter Jamie Carragher (left) wears a BLM badge at Etihad Stadium in Manchester

June 17: Sky Sports presenter Jamie Carragher (left) wears a BLM badge at Etihad Stadium in Manchester

June 20: Former English defender Rio Ferdinand wears a BLM and NHS badge while reporting on the BT Sport Premier League

June 20: Former English defender Rio Ferdinand wears a BLM and NHS badge while reporting on the BT Sport Premier League

June 25: Micah Richards, Gabby Logan and Phil Neville did not wear BLM badges at the BBC's Match of the Day

June 25: Micah Richards, Gabby Logan and Phil Neville did not wear BLM badges at the BBC's Match of the Day

June 28: (from left) Matt Murray, presenter David Jones and Chris Iwelumo all wore Sky Sports badges

June 28: (from left) Matt Murray, presenter David Jones and Chris Iwelumo all wore Sky Sports badges

June 28: Micah Richards, Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker do not wear badges on the BBC portal at St. James' Park in Newcastle

June 28: Micah Richards, Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker do not wear badges on the BBC portal at St. James' Park in Newcastle

June 28: Dion Dublin, Gabby Logan and Alex Scott appear on the Match of the Day highlights show with no BLM badge

June 28: Dion Dublin, Gabby Logan and Alex Scott appear on the Match of the Day highlights show with no BLM badge

He started the debate by asking his followers to remove him on Twitter if they came from the far right or the far left.

Black Lives Matter: The group wants to abolish the police, smash capitalism and close all prisons

Black Lives Matter UK is the semi-official offshoot of its American counterpart and was the face of Britain's protests against George Floyd's death and racial equality.

But while hundreds of thousands of people have donated millions to their cause, many of the group's more extreme goals will not be aware.

The British branch, like the American arm of the movement, has a number of extreme left targets on its Wesbite.

This includes the Marxist "commitment to the dismantling of capitalism".

Elsewhere, the group says it wants to use the money raised to develop and implement "police abolition" strategies.

The official Twitter account of the British movement Black Lives Matter (BLM) is also involved in a series of anti-Semitism.

It tweeted in support of Palestine about Israel's plans to annex its settlements in the West Bank.

The reviewed report claimed that mainstream British politics was "gagged by the right to criticize Zionism" before tweeting that the movement "was loud and clear alongside our Palestinian comrades" and added "FREE PALESTINE" in block capitals.

It sparked anger in the Jewish community, and some described the idea that politicians were "gagged" for criticizing Zionism as an "anti-Semitic force".

The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA) says: “The BLM should strive to be a movement against racism that unites people and achieves lasting change, not a movement that spreads hatred and lasting division.

"You can't fight prejudice with prejudice."

The group has been online since mid-2016.

In December of this year, all British prisons and prisons were closed completely. They are "inhumane, overcrowded and insecure".

The group has also expressed its rejection of government initiatives on Twitter, including reforming the benefit system by introducing universal credit and licensing fracking.

It attacked everyone from Oxfam ("big charities are nothing more than colonizers for the 21st century") to Sir David Attenborough.

The group accused an episode of its 2018 Dynasties series of chimpanzees from being racist because the BBC naturalist complained that habitat destruction due to overpopulation threatens the extinction species.

"Human activities can obviously compete with wild animals," said the anonymous BLM tweeter. "But" too many people "always have a quiet" black "."

"Look tomorrow, polite request, if you are on the far right or left, do me and you a favor and do not follow me, it will be good for you and our sanity, since I could not 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 an extreme left 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."

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.

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.

Former professional football player from Wolves, Stoke City, QPR, Bolton and Bradford City, Karl Henry, also raised concerns about BLM UK's goals.

He tweeted yesterday: “I think the majority of the UK is fed up with this organization now.

& # 39; A new integrative and politically neutral anti-racism movement that must follow and leave behind is urgently needed. Black life is important!

"However, the dividing # BlackLivesMatter organization is NOT doing this."

Black Lives Matter encourages the slogan #DefundThePolice amidst the outcry over alleged police violence against blacks and calls for "an end to systemic racism that enables this culture of corruption to remain uncontrolled and take our lives".

In further remarks, he targeted some of the British group's left-wing guidelines.

He added: & # 39; Let's just look at the capitalism that #BlackLivesMatterUK wants to abolish.

& # 39; It doesn't prefer whites. It is not the enemy of the black community.

& # 39; Capitalism enables free entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship. If other communities can thrive in capitalism, we can too! & # 39;

The movement talks about their views of the police on the Black Lives Matter website, saying Floyd's death is a "breaking point" and "reminder that law enforcement doesn't protect or save our lives for blacks. They often threaten and take them.

They called for "national police refinancing" and "investing in our communities and resources to ensure that blacks not only survive but thrive".

But there is a growing chorus of voices who want to know exactly who is behind the group.

Last week, they posted a statement on various social media feeds that they promised to soon create a website that "would alleviate any confusion about which of the many Black Lives Matter organizations and platforms that emerged, we actually did are".

Former football player Karl Henry spoke out against Black Lives Matter UK for his anti-capitalism and stance towards trying to abolish the police (pictured here for Bolton in 2018).

Former football player Karl Henry spoke out against Black Lives Matter UK for his anti-capitalism and stance towards trying to abolish the police (pictured here for Bolton in 2018).

Le Tissier seemed to be repeating tweets from Henry, who said he thought the public was fed up with Black Lives Matter UK

Le Tissier seemed to be repeating tweets from Henry, who said he thought the public was fed up with Black Lives Matter UK

The fans quickly went to Twitter to think about the experts' decision to abuse BLM UK

The fans quickly went to Twitter to think about the experts' decision to abuse BLM UK

Twitter users asked Sky experts "to research an organization before they support their cause".

Twitter users asked Sky experts "to research an organization before they support their cause".

The statement also promised that spending would "be released in due course for transparency and accountability". Regarding who is behind the organization, she claimed that her leaders dealt with "legal emergencies" and "the hostility of right-wing extremists" that "pose a real threat to our security".

Yesterday it seemed to be trying to push back his police money remarks and tweet a post that contradicted his own published goals.

It said: "When we say" Defund the Police "we mean investing in programs that actually protect us, such as youth welfare, mental health and social care, education, work and housing. Key services to support the most vulnerable, before they come into contact with the criminal justice system. "

A Sky Sports said none of the moderators were required to wear the badges. A source familiar with the situation added: “It is up to the individual to choose whether to wear the badge or not.

"The broadcaster's support for Black Lives Matter serves the moral cause of the racial justice campaign rather than a political organization."

Premier League players who are afraid of ties to Black Lives Matter activists because the captains are considering making a public statement dissociating themselves from the British wing

ByMatt Hughes for daily mail

Premier League players want to distance themselves from the official Black Lives Matter organization's British wing because of concerns about their ideology and political ambitions.

Sportsmail can show that the issue has been discussed by several players, with the top-class captains considering whether to make a public statement on the subject.

The call from players to support the mood behind the Black Lives Matter movement – the need for action to ensure greater equality and an expression of solidarity with those who were persecuted because of their race – was instrumental in that To convince Premier League to start the campaign so a visible part of Project Restart.

The players want to distance themselves from the official organization Black Lives Matter

The players want to distance themselves from the official organization Black Lives Matter

The Premier League stars put on "Black Lives Matter" and played jerseys when the top league resumed

The Premier League stars put on "Black Lives Matter" and played jerseys when the top league resumed

Every game since resumption was initiated by players and game officers who got on their knees in honor of George Floyd while Watford captain Troy Deeney's partner designed a BLM logo that appears on the jerseys of all 20 Premier League clubs is.

While players continue to campaign for equality and pledge to maintain such symbolic gestures for the rest of the season, some are concerned about being linked to Black Lives Matter UK's political activism. In recent days, BLM UK's official Twitter account has sparked controversy by calling for the overthrow of capitalism, cut police funding, and an end to free trade with Israel.

Former Wolves midfielder Karl Henry criticized BLM UK on social media Tuesday as a divisive organization, while Sky Sports expert Matt Le Tissier would review his decision to wear a BLM badge in comments that undermine a debate triggered the players.

Karl Henry criticized BLM UK on Tuesday on social media, calling it a division

Karl Henry criticized BLM UK on Tuesday on social media, calling it a division

"I think the majority of the UK has had enough of this organization now," Henry wrote on Twitter. & # 39; A new integrative and politically neutral anti-racism movement that must follow and leave behind is urgently needed. Black life is important! However, the dividing # BlackLivesMatter organization does NOT. & # 39;

The Premier League has given no funds to BLM UK, and managing director Richard Masters told MPs on Tuesday that his organization was still apolitical.

Masters appeared before a select committee of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports and tried to distinguish between moral and political reasons, although this position was criticized by Sunderland MP Julie Elliott, who accused him of a can of worms to open & # 39 ;.

The Premier League and FA prohibit game participants from making political statements. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was fined two years ago for wearing a ribbon to support Catalan independence.

Richard Masters told MPs Tuesday that the Premier League remains apolitical

Richard Masters told MPs Tuesday that the Premier League remains apolitical

"I don't think this is a particular precedent," Masters insisted. “I think it is entirely possible to support Black Lives Matter without supporting a political organization.

& # 39; We are happy to support the players. We think it's the right time to do it and for the first time I feel that players, managers, Premier League and clubs are on the same page when it comes to discrimination. It feels like a positive step.

“We clearly differentiate between a moral cause and a political movement.

“Although it is sometimes difficult to separate the two, our position is clear. Politics no, moral causes yes – if agreed. We are currently living in special times. & # 39;

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