We Stand Together: West Ham United and Crystal Palace make a stand against racism ahead of their friendly at London Stadium
West Ham United and Crystal Palace players and staff stood together against racial prejudice ahead of Saturday's practice match at London Stadium.
The Hammers and the Eagles both wore t-shirts with the message 'WE STAND TOGETHER' in the warm-up before playing three 30-minute thirds on a warm and sunny afternoon in east London.
On Friday, players from all 20 Premier League clubs issued the following statement:
‘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 colour or creed. This symbol is a sign of unity from all Players, all Staff, all Clubs, all Match Officials and the Premier League #blacklivesmatter #playerstogether.'
At their request, players' names will be replaced by Black Lives Matter on the back of their shirts for the first 12 matches of the restarted 2019/20 season, including West Ham's home fixture with Wolverhampton Wanderers at London Stadium on Saturday 20 June.
A Black Lives Matter logo will also feature on shirts for the remainder of the season, along with a badge thanking the NHS for their work during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Wolverhampton Wanderers fixture will be broadcast live in the UK by Sky Sports, with kick-off at 5.30pm.