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BCD guide: Matchday features

17 Jun 2020
NHS tribute

Find out the new things you can expect to see on the pitch when Premier League matches resume behind closed doors

With the 2019/20 Premier League matches having resumed behind closed doors from Wednesday 17 June, here is a guide to what fans watching at home can look out for in the opening Matchweek.  

Matchday features
NHS tribute

As a show of recognition for the incredible work of National Health Service workers during the COVID-19 crisis in the UK, an NHS badge will feature on the shirts of players and match officials for the rest of the 2019/20 season.

Premier League - Manchester City v Arsenal
Minute's silence

Before each of the opening 12 matches of the Premier League a moment’s silence will be held to recognise those whose lives have been affected by COVID-19.

Remembering those whose lives have been affected by COVID-19
Aston Villa and Sheffield United players observe a minute's silence before kick-off
Black Lives Matter

Also for the first 12 matches of the resumed campaign, all player names on the back of shirts will be replaced by "Black Lives Matter" in support of a request by players from all 20 clubs.

A "Black Lives Matter" sleeve patch will also feature on shirts for the rest of the season.

The Premier League will also support players who "take a knee" before or during matches and will restate its No Room For Racism messaging on LED boards and in communications.

Black Lives Matter
Arsenal players "take a knee" before their match against Manchester City with player names on the back of shirts replaced by "Black Lives Matter"
We Are One Team

To reflect how the League, clubs, fans and players have come together to support the NHS, their communities and society as a whole during the pandemic, "We Are One Team" will feature on a patch on the match balls and on Premier League branding in stadiums.

PL Restart Match Ball We Are One Team
Also in this series

Introduction: Your essential guide to Premier League behind closed doors
Part 1: BCD guide: Before the match
Part 2:
 BCD guide: During the match
Part 3: BCD guide: After the match
Part 4: BCD guide: What will be different on TV?

Download: Premier League 2019/20 Season Restart guide (PDF; 807KB)

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