Fans take to social media in their droves after Sky Sports pundits ditch Black Lives Matter badges

Fans take to social media in their droves after Sky Sports pundits ditch Black Lives Matter badges

Football fans have taken to social media in their droves after Sky Sports and the Premier League began to distance themselves from the political activism of Black Lives Matters UK. Top-flight players have taken a knee before every match in Project Restart, with badges also worn on the shirt sleeves of all 20 clubs, but there has been plenty of controversy over the UK arm of the organisation. Over the last few days, the official BLM UK Twitter account has caused controversy by calling for the overthrow of capitalism, reductions in police funding and an end to free trade with Israel. On Tuesday night, Patrice Evra, Jamie Redknapp and Gary Neville had all ditched their Black Lives Matter badges during Sky's coverage of Manchester United's win over Brighton. The decision came just hours after Matt Le Tissier, another of the channel's top pundits, had exclusively told Sportsmail that he was asked by bosses to wear the Black Lives Matter badge, but stressed he 'could not support' the cause's anti police and capitalist aims, while former Wolves midfielder Karl Henry had also slammed the organisation on Twitter. Upon seeing that Sky's top pundits had stopped wearing BLM badges on air, fans were quick to share their thoughts on Twitter, with one fan noting: 'If only they'd done a little research like us peasants did before jumping in with both feet.' Another wrote: 'Maybe research an organisation next time blokes before you support their "cause"', while someone else posted: 'Slowly people ...
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