This shirt was worn by Leroy Sanè during the Premier League between Manchester City and Arsenal which took place in Manchester, “Etihad Stadium” on June 17th 2020. Manchester City defeated Arsenal 3-0. This style of shirt with the special “Cityzens Giving for Recovery” sponsor on chest was used by the team in this game only. Plus the team replaced player’s names on the back with “Black Lives Matter”. On June 12th players from all 20 Premier League clubs released a joint statement saying the nameplate on their kits would have been replaced by the statement “Black Lives Matter”. “We, the players, stand together with the singular objective of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists, to bring about a global society of inclusion, respect, and equal opportunities for All, regardless of their color or creed,” the statement read. “This symbol is a sign of unity from all players, all staff, all clubs, all match officials and the Premier League.” The Premier League confirmed its support to the players’s jersey decision, which affected the first 12 matches of the restart through June 22, and stated the league would have included a “Black Lives Matter” patch on all uniforms for the remainder of the term. It also provided clearance for any player who wants to kneel before the start of a match.
“The Premier League believes there is no room for racism, anywhere,” it said in a statement. The announcement came amid worldwide protests focused on ending racial injustice and police brutality after George Floyd, a 46-year-old black American, was killed while in police custody on May 25. Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling discussed his support of the movement on BBC Newsnight (via Sky Sports). “This is the most important thing at this moment in time because this is something that is happening for years and years. Just like the pandemic, we want to find a solution to stop it,” he said. “At the same time, 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.”
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The sponsor on chest is related to the “Cityzens Giving for Recovery” that was launched by City Football Group (CFG), which is a 12-month recovery campaign bringing together its nine clubs, thousands of staff, players and coaches, and millions of fans to help communities get back on their feet in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the wake of the pandemic, CFG has been supporting the emergency global COVID-19 response for the past three months, through almost £1,000,000 of donations, in-kind support and the loaning of facilities. When the Premier League restarted after the pandemic CFG delivered another £1,000,000 of funding and support through its “Cityzens Giving for Recovery” initiative. The recovery projects focused on various themes including mental and physical health, education for vulnerable young people and tackling loneliness and isolation amongst other initiatives. CFG looked to help facilitate the efforts through its clubs, staff, players, coaches, fans and its partners including its principal partner of more than a decade, Etihad Airways. Etihad generously donated the space on the front of City’s shirt, which normally bears its company branding, to “Cityzens Giving for Recovery” for this home match against Arsenal – that was also the Club’s first game in more than three months after the pandemic.