Premier League ‘should auction off Black Lives Matter shirts’

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Show Racism the Red Card has asked the Premier League to auction off players’ specially designed shirts to raise money for anti-racism causes.

The charity’s chief executive Ged Grebby has written to Premier League counterpart Richard Masters to see if SRtRC, Kick It Out and clubs’ community departments could benefit from cash raised from the shirts.

Players’ names will be replaced on the back of their shirts with ‘Black Lives Matter’ for the first 12 matches of the restarted top flight season.

Marcelo kneeled after scoring for Real Madrid on Sunday
Marcelo kneeled after scoring for Real Madrid on Sunday (Bernat Armangue/AP)

The league will also support any player who chooses to take a knee before or during matches, as Real Madrid’s Marcelo did after scoring in Sunday’s 3-1 LaLiga win over Eibar.

Grebby wrote in a letter to Masters: “We welcome the Premier League’s decision to feature ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the back of players’ shirts but would like to offer the suggestion that the shirts are then auctioned off to raise funding for anti-racism organisations.

“My suggestion would be that the money raised could be split equally three ways between SRtRC, Kick It Out and community departments of each football club. The community departments would be asked to undertake anti-racism projects or work with local anti-racism groups.

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“Race hate crime has doubled over the last five years and the demand for SRtRC’s education work has never been greater.

“Our model has proven impact across the UK over the last 25 years, using the high profile of football to deliver high quality and effective anti-racism education.”

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