The English Premier League returned today, and to kick things off they showed their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
The first game back featured Aston Villa, Sheffield, no fans in the stands and no names on any of the jerseys. Instead each player wore “Black Lives Matter” on their backs. In addition, both sides and the referee took a knee after the opening whistle was blown, in solidarity with the movement.
Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has spoken out supporting anti-racist protests earlier this month. He told BBC, “Just like the pandemic, we want to find a solution to stop it… this is what all these protesters are doing. They are trying to find a solution and a way to stop the injustice they are seeing and they are fighting for their cause.
"As long as they are doing it peacefully and safely and not hurting anybody and not breaking into any stores, they continue to protest in this peaceful way.”
According to the BBC, more clubs throughout the day will wear jerseys saying “Black Lives Matter” as well.
The jerseys also feature a patch supporting the UK’s National Health Service.
As sports ramp up in the United States, could the English Premier League set a template for how to play the game safely, while also empowering players to voice their concerns about racial inequality in America?
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Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs rocked the sports world this week when it was reported the two agreed on a 10-year, $450 million contract extension.
While no Chicago player has even sniffed a lucrative deal like that, some players have made headlines and broken records by signing contracts here.
Baseball is back in Chicago on Tuesday-- well at least it’s back in Rosemont.
The Chicago Dogs are hosting their home opener at Impact Field, with fans in the stands, Tuesday evening.
To help ensure the safety of everyone in attendance, the Dogs say they are taking extra precautions, including taking the temperature of staff before they enter the ballpark and requiring all staff to wear masks and gloves when they interact with fans. The team is also hiring additional staff to disinfect surfaces before, during and after the game.
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In addition, the team has updated their seating chart to allow space among fans. People will only be able to buy up to four seats next to each other. Aisles will also be marked for one-way foot traffic. Attendance will be capped at 20% capacity as well.
Out on the concourse, the team will promote social distancing by separating the area with stanchions and marking one-way traffic. You won’t have to open the door to go to the bathroom either, as they will be propped open for contactless entry and exit.
All of those measures are certainly out of the ordinary, so to add a sense of normalcy to the ball game Wayne Messmer will sing the national anthem.
And what would a day at the park be without a giveaway? Fans will also be treated to a bobblehead of Mike Ditka wearing a Chicago Dogs sweater.
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