Aston Villa and Sheffield United players ‘take a knee’ in powerful statement

Aston Villa and Sheffield United players all took a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in a powerful message following the return of the English Premier League.

Referee Michael Oliver blew to start the game and joined the players in making the statement as they displayed solidarity for the movement that has been in the spotlight since the death of George Floyd in America.

All 22 players – including Scotland stars John McGinn and Oli McBurnie – are also wearing Black Lives Matter on the back of their tops where their names would normally be as the league looks to raise awareness for the message as well.

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Villa star Tyrone Mings has played a big role in trying to improve racial equality and was spotted at Black Lives Matter protests in recent weeks.

Supporters loved it when they saw it happening on TV as both clubs had clearly come together to ensure that the message stayed on the agenda.

@BeardedGenius said: “I know it’s all symbolic, but wearing Black Lives Matter and all the players taking the knee felt quite powerful.”

@JoshBrennanUK said: “Class act by the Premier League with the BlackLivesMatter printed on shirts and taking a knee at kick off.”

@Nandetron added: “players taking the knee before kick off. Wonderful gesture”

@jonathanbanks8_ said: “Powerful, important message from Aston Villa and Sheffield United.

@AndrewWM added: “The knee taken at Villa Park was pretty powerful. Did an actual intake of breath.”

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