Football SZN is back, and everyones better off because of it. That being said, a lot has happened in the months since the coronavirus put the world on its backside. Protests over George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers has refuelled the Black Lives Matter movement.
With the world in solidarity with the movement, many brands and organisations have shown support as well by updating practices within the company, donating and raising awareness. The English Premier League, probably the most popular football league in Malaysia, showed their support by allowing clubs to don “Black Lives Matter” where their names would normally be.
It was a nice show of support for people of colour oppressed around the world and Premier League stars were more than happy to show their support. That being said however, one of our local newspapers may not have got the memo.
Covering the Everton vs Liverpool game, the newspaper put up a picture of Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson as he attempts to dribble past three Liverpool players. While the newspaper get’s Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s name spot on, it unearths a brand new future Liverpool legend that no one knew about, and his name is none other than Black Lives Matter.
Of course, any football fan would know that’s Trent Alexander-Arnold but given that his back was facing the photograph, of course his name is Black Lives Matter. The gaffe while comical could’ve been avoided altogether.
I mean, even if the back of his shirt says Black Lives Matter, that’s obviously not a name! A quick Google search would’ve prevented this from ever happening. But then again, we wouldn’t have been able to enjoy the error and in these dark times, a little humour goes a long way.