PREMIER LEAGUE stars’ names will be removed from their shirts for the first game back and replaced with “Black Lives Matter”.

ALL 20 clubs agreed to add a Black Lives Matter badge, as well as an NHS logo, on the kits for the rest of the season during Thursday’s shareholders meeting

On top of that the players will have their names removed from the back of their jerseys and replaced with “Black Lives Matters”.

The Premier League will return on June 17 after every top-flight club approved the proposed matchday protocol.

And it’s for that first round of fixtures, starting with Aston Villa vs Sheffield United and Manchester City vs Arsenal, that will have the kits proudly modified.

Players from across the league have already shown their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, kneeling during training sessions and even before games – such as Arsenal before their 3-2 loss at home to Brentford.

Premier League chiefs will also consult with leading players before confirming their Black Lives Matters stance.

Despite expectations a firm position would be agreed, club bosses agreed to leave detailed discussions to the league executive.


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