Sky Sports experts strike a new blow for BLM as they take off all badges and wear "Kick It Out" logos instead … but BT Sport's TV rivals – including Rio Ferdinand – continue to show their support even though they are talking about each other disagree with the far left ideology
- Sky Sports experts dropped the Black Lives Matter badge on Saturday
- The guest panel instead wore Kick It Out badges to support this campaign
- Despite the recent controversy, BT Sport experts continue to wear BLM badges
- After a series of social media contributions, concerns about a radical left ideology have been raised
Black Lives Matter badges were again missing from Sky Sports' Premier League reporting. Most of the guest experts on Football Saturday opted instead to support the football-oriented anti-racism charity Kick It Out.
Hosts Jeff Stelling and experts Clinton Morrison, Paul Merson and Matt Le Tissier put on the other campaign's badges just a few days after concerns over the ideology of the Black Lives Matter movement.
However, Glen Johnson chose not to support either of the two campaigns after Sky allowed the experts to make their own decisions about whether to wear the emblems.
But for the broadcast of Norwich's clash against Brighton during the Saturday lunch kick-off, every guest wore BLM badges.
Black Lives Matter badges were again missing from Sky Sports' Premier League reporting
Instead, the football Saturday experts decided to support the Kick It Out movement
But Rio Ferdinand (pictured), Robbie Savage and Steve Sidwell wore BLM badges at BT Sport
Rio Ferdinand, Robbie Savage and Steve Sidwell participated in the program with Jake Humphrey and supported the BLM movement in stark contrast to their colleagues at Sky Sports.
The footballers also took a knee before kick-off to show solidarity with the move – and the players for the game in Norwich were no different.
As usual, the stars lined up before the first whistle and crouched on the ground together with trainers and officials.
The symbol was adopted in 2016 by US athletes in protest against police brutality and racism and has since been used in the worldwide BLM protests.
The Premier League has distanced itself from BLM, but top game players still wear "Black Lives Matter" patches on their sleeves after George Floyd's death in the US in May.
Sky Sports presenters have been wearing the campaign slogan since the league returned after the outbreak of the corona virus on June 17.
However, Roy Keane, Graeme Souness, Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards were all depicted without the badges when they analyzed top Manchester City v Liverpool and Sheffield United v Tottenham matches on Thursday night.
Jamie Redknapp hasn't worn the emblem since Tuesday and has decided to drop it again when analyzing the same games in the Sky Sports Studio.
Host Jake Humphrey was one of those who continued to support the campaign on Saturday
Sky Sports expert Roy Keane broadcast the Black Lives Matter badge on Thursday evening
Micah Richards didn't seem to wear a BLM badge even during the night's top coverage
Jamie Redknapp, who hasn't worn the emblem since Tuesday, was seen without the BLM badge
Question marks were raised after a series of tweets published by BLM that criticized Israel and called on the British government to "disappoint the police".
Premier League leaders are not expected to wear the BLM badge on jerseys after making a distinction between the root cause and the group itself.
The top tier said that it recognized "the importance of the message that black life is important" without referring to the organization's name in capital letters.
It also stressed that "it does not support a political organization or movement or a group that encourages violence or tolerates illegal activities".
Unlike the BLM movement, Kick It Out did not express any political ideology.
The BBC has banned its experts and guests from wearing BLM badges after the recent storm.
On Sunday of the day, neither Alan Shearer nor Richards wore any BLM badges
The former star from Manchester City, Richards, was also shown on television without an emblem
A senior source from the company is said to have told the Daily Telegraph that the bosses didn't want "visual symbols of support" for carrying the movement on the screen.
In the highlight show "Match of the Day" on Sunday neither Alan Shearer nor the former star of Manchester City, Richards, had put the emblem on.
The BBC source told the Daily Telegraph: "The BBC cannot be seen to support any cause over another, and Black Lives Matter is certainly a campaign.
“That's why we don't want anyone to have visual symbols of support on the screen. Our moderators and guests can discuss Black Lives Matter, and we've covered it extensively.
“We are not impartial about racism. But wearing badges on the screen, like any other campaign, would be a step too far. & # 39;
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