Jamie Redknapp ditched Black Lives Matter badge as concerns grow about movement's 'ideological' positions

Jamie Redknapp ditched Black Lives Matter badge as concerns grow about movement's 'ideological' positions

Gary Neville and Jamie Redknapp ditched their Black Lives Matter badges on Tuesday night amid mounting concerns in football over the movement’s “far-left ideology”. Neville, Redknapp, Kelly Cates and Patrice Evra were not wearing the badges during Sky’s coverage of Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester United, despite being invited to do so and despite the former trio having donned it previously. Players knelt before kick-off and had a Black Lives Matter badge on their shirt sleeves – as has been the case with all Premier League matches since the season resumed. But there were reports on Tuesday night that top-flight captains were discussing making a public statement distancing themselves from some of the movement’s political aims. Concerns have been raised following a recent series of tweets by the UK branch of Black Lives Matter, which criticised Israel and called on the Government to “defund the police”. Its adoption of that slogan – which the movement stresses is about reallocating money toward non-policing forms of public safety rather than eradicating law-enforcement altogether – led Sky pundit Matt Le Tissier to announce he was “reviewing” whether to continue wearing a Black Lives Matter badge on air. He said on Tuesday he would still don it but its absence from the screen later that evening cast doubt on whether it would be seen on Sky Sports going forward. Since the league resumed, guests on the network had worn the badges in solidarity with a movement that has led the wave of worldwide protests that have followed the alleged ...
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