Football team wear the names of black people killed by police on their shirts

Philadephia Union have marked the MLS's return by wearing the names of black people killed by police on the back of their shirts.

Union used their return to action against New York City in Florida, following an enforced break due to the coronavirus pandemic, to draw attention to the victims of police brutality.

The Black Lives Matter movement has become an important worldwide statement following the death of George Floyd while in police custody.

Union entered the playing field with black t-shirt emblazoned with the words 'Black Lives Matter'.

After posing for a team picture, the players in unison took off the tops to show the names on the back of their playing kit, before taking another photograph with their backs to the camera.

Underneath the name and squad number, the players all sported the powerful handwritten message: “One name, too many.” They then took a knee before kick off.

Keeper Andre Blake wore Floyd's name, while (Breonna) Taylor, (John) Crawford, (Eric) Garner, (Alton) Sterling and (Tamir) Rice were among the other victims celebrated.

Defender Ray Gaddis explained how the players came up with the plan together.

"It was to continue the conversation that needs to be had. We first and foremost asked our team if they were OK with it because solidarity is key and we want to make sure everybody feels comfortable," Gaddis said.

"Actions are louder than words. Again, it's to further the conversation and to continue to use our platform to be a voice for the voiceless. It was a collective group effort.

"For me, being a player in the Philadelphia Union organization for a while now, it means a lot.

"For me, within our club, it shows how much solidarity we have — on the field first and foremost, but off the field.

"We have a great coach who has taken a stance with us, as well as this organization, and it's only going to make us better in the future, not just as soccer players but as human beings as well."

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Union manager Jim Curtin added: "At the start, certainly things going on in our country far bigger than soccer."

"I have to say I'm very proud of my players throughout the past four months for the leadership they've shown, the leadership role they've taken in the BLM movement, educating the other players on our team.

"The idea today was action over permission; I hope the league understands that. It was done to show respect, to learn, to grow, to make our country better. I'm really proud of my players for everything they've done."

Union won the match 1-0 thanks to a 63rd minute strike from Alejandro Bedoya.

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