When players from Sheffield United and Aston Villa became the first to take a knee as English football returned in June it sent a powerful anti-racism message.
Players displayed the Black Lives Matter slogan on the back of their shirts where their names would normally be and broadcasters discussed racial equality following the death of a black man, George Floyd, when police officer Derek Chauvin pushed his knee into Floyd’s neck for almost eight minutes. Chauvin has since been charged with murder.
Teams continue to kneel before games. Not without incident as fans of Colchester, Cambridge United and most notably Millwall booed when players knelt during a brief period when some fans were allowed into games.
He hit out against Black Lives Matter the group, which was founded in 2013 after the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was shot dead but the man charged with his murder was acquitted.