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Sky Sports experts Jamie Redknapp and Patrice Evra DITCH have badges for Black Lives Matter


Sky Sports experts Jamie Redknapp and Patrice Evra dropped their Black Lives Matter badges last night when football captains considered making a statement on the move that the Premier League has distanced itself from.

Redknapp and Evra, along with host Kelly Cates and commentator Gary Neville, wore no badges during Sky reporting Brighton against Manchester United, with players kneeling before kick-off and wearing "Black Lives Matter" on their sleeves.

Since the league resumed, guests appearing at Sky Sports have worn the campaign phrase badges after all 20 clubs agreed to use "Black Lives Matter" on their first round of games after the Covid-19 break Emboss jerseys.

Players and officials have also taken their knees before the games, a symbol adopted by American athletes in protest against police brutality and racism in 2016 and used by Black Lives Matter protesters since George Floyd's murder .

However, concerns were raised after a series of tweets from Black Lives Matter's UK office criticizing Israel and calling on the UK government to "disappoint the police".

On Tuesday, the Premier League said it had "recognized the importance of the message that black lives matter," but clarified that "it does not support a political organization or movement or a group that encourages violence or condones illegal activity."

And Sportsmail can 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 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.

On Sunday, Black Lives Matter 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, union leader Sir Keir Starmer, who "took his knee" with fellow parliamentarians, called it "a shame" that the mood behind the protests against the Black Lives Matter was "involved" with these organizational problems Requests for defusing The police was "nonsense".

Black Lives Matter UK replied with a tweet: "As a prosecutor, Sir Keir Starmer was a policeman in an expensive suit."

Sky Sports & # 39; dropping the Black Lives Matter badge while reporting on Brighton against Manchester United occurred on Tuesday after another expert, Matt Le Tissier, said he only wore the badge after being worn by the station's bosses had been asked to do so.

The pictured experts Jamie Redknapp and Patrice Evra were not wearing Black Lives Matter badges when they appeared on the Sky Sports show tonight

The two discussed Skyon against Brighton versus Manchester United tonight

The two discussed Skyon against Brighton versus Manchester United tonight

The pictured Patrice Evra, who also appeared on the show tonight, was not wearing a BLM badge

The pictured Patrice Evra, who also appeared on the show tonight, was not wearing a BLM badge

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 Black Lives Matter 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.

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."

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," there is no "political organization or movement" or group that "encourages violence or condones illegal activity." Pictured: Former Liverpooler Jamie Carragher wears a BLM badge on June 21

The panel said in a statement that while "there is no room for racism in football," there is no "political organization or movement" or group that "encourages violence or condones illegal activity." Pictured: Former Liverpooler Jamie Carragher wears a BLM badge 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

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

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".

On Sunday, Black Lives Matter 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, union leader Sir Keir Starmer, who "took his knee" with fellow parliamentarians, called it "a shame" that the mood behind the protests against the Black Lives Matter was "involved" with these organizational problems Requests for defusing The police was "nonsense".

On Sunday, Black Lives Matter 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, union leader Sir Keir Starmer, who "took his knee" with fellow parliamentarians, called it "a shame" that the mood behind the protests against the Black Lives Matter was "involved" with these organizational problems Requests for defusing The police was "nonsense".

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 step, Premier League players from all 20 clubs have come together in solidarity with this message, and the Premier League supported their request to replace their names on the back of jerseys with "Black Lives Matter".

The Premier League offered this support because we fully agree with the players' only goal of eliminating racial 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.

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 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 group's other goals prompted Le Tissier to ask MailOnline on Friday to voice his criticism.

His words followed the black football player Karl Henry, who described the group as "splitting".

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, Hants, 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 simply cannot 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.

Karl Henry spoke out against Black Lives Matter UK for their anti-capitalism and stance towards trying to abolish the police (pictured here when he played for Bolton in 2018).

Karl Henry spoke out against Black Lives Matter UK for their anti-capitalism and stance towards trying to abolish the police (pictured here when he played for Bolton in 2018).

Le Tissier seemed to be repeating tweets from former Wolves player Karl Henry, who said the public was tired of Black Lives Matter UK

Le Tissier seemed to be repeating tweets from former Wolves player Karl Henry, who said the public was tired of Black Lives Matter UK

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 "."

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

"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".

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" Invest in programs that actually protect us, "like youth welfare, mental health and social care, education, work and housing. Key services to help 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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