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Eamonn Sweeney


Black Lives Matter is supposed to be radical – not a six-week wonder or a movement to make the likes of the Premier League feel better about themselves

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Manchester United's Paul Pogba take a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Photo: Clive Brunskill/NMC Pool/PA Wire

Manchester United's Paul Pogba take a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Photo: Clive Brunskill/NMC Pool/PA Wire

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Manchester United's Paul Pogba take a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Photo: Clive Brunskill/NMC Pool/PA Wire

Almost everyone still agrees that black lives matter. They're just not sure about Black Lives Matter. It's six weeks since Marcus Thuram took a knee after scoring for Borussia Monchengladbach against Union Berlin. His was the only such gesture in the Bundesliga that weekend though Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho wore a T-shirt in memory of George Floyd and Weston McKennie of Schalke 04 an armband.

Things have snowballed since then. The following week several Bundesliga teams followed Thuram's lead while the week after that every team took a knee and wore the words 'Black Lives Matter' on their jerseys as the Premier League restarted.

The jerseys are back to normal now but the Premier League has continued to preface every game with the collective genuflection associated with the Black Lives Matter movement. It's the only league to do so although individual players have taken a knee after scoring in La Liga and Serie A.