English Premier League returns after 100 days off

English Premier League returns after 100 days off

PanARMENIAN.Net - The Premier League restart was engulfed in controversy on Wednesday, June 18 when goal-line technology made an unprecedented blunder after players took the knee to protest against racism at both matches, AFP reports.

The English top-flight was put on hold in March due to the coronavirus pandemic and all 92 remaining games are being crammed into a six-week period.

The first match, between Aston Villa and Sheffield United, finished goalless and Manchester City won the later game against 10-man Arsenal 3-0.

Before kick-off, in front of a huge global audience, players and staff protested racial injustice for about 10 seconds in solidarity with worldwide demonstrations following the death of American George Floyd.

"In the first Premier League fixture of Project Restart both clubs hope that the act of 'taking a knee' will send a strong message of unity," the clubs said in a joint statement.

Manchester City and Arsenal players mirrored the protest before kick-off at the Etihad.

All players will wear the words "Black Lives Matter" (BLM) on the back of their shirts where names are normally printed for the first 12 matches of the restart.

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