Pep Guardiola, after Manchester City 3-0 win against Arsenal on Wednesday, spoke out on the Black Lives Matter movement declaring that he is “ashamed of what white people have done to black people”. The Black Lives Matter movement began following the killing of Black American George Floyd last month by four police officers.
The statement came after the club’s first football match since the Coronavirus pandemic halted global football. Recall that Sheffield United and Aston Villa stood against racism at the kick off during the midweek action which had all the players wearing jerseys that displayed “Black Lives Matter” across the back instead of their own names.
According to Pep Guardiola, he wants change when it comes to racism all over the world.
In his statement, he said;
“White people should say sorry for the way we have treated black people for 400 years.
“We should send a thousand million messages for the black people. I’m embarrassed and ashamed of what the white people have done for the black people.
“How people can think they are different? All the gestures are good and positive. Everything we can do to make it conscious, it is not acceptable.
“We have to do a lot of things for the black people which we have not done so far.”
Manchester City and Arsenal also took part in the display against racism while wearing kits with the BLM logo printed over the Premier League badge.
Marcus Rashford recently took to his Twitter handle to express his grief and disappointments over the recent tragedies going on in the world stating his stand with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Also, Man. City striker Raheem Sterling, who recently launched his own anti-racism social media campaign feels English football is finally “going in the right direction” when it comes to tackling racism.
He told Sky Sports : “I see it as a massive step for the Premier League to allow something like that to happen and it shows we’re going in the right direction.
“Little by little we’re seeing change. It was natural, it was organic. We saw the teams do it in the earlier kick-off and thought it was something we had to do as well.”