Sky Sports pundit Matt Le Tissier to ‘review’ wearing Black Lives Matter badge on TV – The Sun
SKY SPORTS pundit Matt Le Tissier is "reviewing" whether to wear a Black Lives Matter badge on TV as he doesn't want to promote "far left ideology".
The BLM movement has seen a huge wave of support in sport since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin.
Prem stars wore Black Lives Matters messages on the back of their shirts for the first game back of the league's restart from coronavirus.
And presenters and guests on Sky Sports have worn BLM badges in solidarity with the movement when appearing on the programme.
But Le Tissier says he is now in talks with the show's bigwigs about the matter.
Black Lives Matter’s adoption of the slogan “defund the police” in particular has caused controversy.
One of BLM’s biggest demands is that police forces are disbanded and their funds redirected into youth and mental health services.
A Gofundme page run by the group, which has so far raised more than £1million, says some of the money will be spent on “strategies for the abolition of police".
The Southampton legend started a debate by initially posting on Twitter: “If you’re far right or far left do me and yourselves a favour and unfollow me.”
Which prompted a response from @stuarthealy1, which read: "If you are central Matt why wear a badge promoting a far left ideology?"
The 51-year-old wrote back: "That's a good point and one which I've made to my boss already."
Sky Sports confirmed the pundit had approached them and added no-one was obliged to wear the badge.
Another user said: "Maybe you should review your BLM badge wearing", to which Le Tissier wrote back: "I am reviewing".
Many of the England icon's followers have waded into the debate, with another asking: “So let me get this straight, you had objections to wearing a badge saying Black Lives Matter?”
To which the former midfielder wrote back: "Let me get this straight you promote defunding the police and ending capitalism?”
Hundreds of protests have taken place across the world in recent weeks calling for an end to racism and police brutality, after a video emerged online of former police officer Chauvin kneeling on 46-year-old Floyd’s neck.
Following Floyd's death on May 25, 44-year-old Chauvin was fired from Minnesota city’s police department and was charged with murder.
Chauvin’s three fellow officers were also sacked and have been charged with aiding and abetting.
Protestors and activists say the solution to police brutality and racial injustice is to drastically decrease local police budgets.
Instead of pouring city budget funds into police departments, local governments should be redirecting money into investing in marginalised communities.
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