Sheffield United forward David McGoldrick explains why the Black Lives Matter movement is so important.
McGoldrick played a key role in Premier League players taking a knee before games since the restart of the season.
The Blades travelled to Aston Villa in the first match back following the suspension of professional football in England.
Ahead of kickoff, McGoldrick spoke to captain Billy Sharp about taking a knee. They then discussed it with Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton and soon both teams were on board.
In a powerful moment, when the whistle was blown to start the game, all 22 players, substitutes, coaching staff and officials took a knee for 10 seconds.
Later that evening, Manchester City and Arsenal did the same before their fixture. City attacker Raheem Sterling said they had been influenced by what they’d seen at Villa Park.
Since then it has become commonplace before top flight matches.
McGoldrick talks about Black Lives Matter
Players have Black Lives Matter badges on their shirts, while broadcasters show the message during fixtures. McGoldrick says it’s so important to keep the movement in the public eye.
“It’s about education. Educating the young for the future and it will be a better world,” the 32-year-old told talkSPORT.
“People are thinking that Black Lives Matter is taking the limelight. It’s not about that, we want to be equal. We know all lives matter.
“We want to be equal in sport, equal in the world, equal everywhere.”
McGoldrick continued: “There’s big meaning behind it and we’re not just doing it for attention. It’s a real situation on our hands.
“To see in all sports, everyone kneeling before the game, it’s a powerful message.”
McGoldrick missed Wednesday’s late win against Wolverhampton Wanderers through injury. However, the Republic of Ireland international is expected to be fit to face Chelsea at Bramall Lane tomorrow.