Mikel Arteta says that there have been talks between clubs and the Premier League over continued support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
After lockdown, players, managers, coaching staff and other attendees took a knee before kick-off of each game, but it remains to be seen what will happen throughout this new season.
Asked about the continuation of the gesture to keep awareness high, Arteta said, “There has been some communication between the clubs, the Premier League and the FA about how we’re going to continue to support that cause.
“I am sure in the next few days you’re going to have some news about how we’re going to handle that.”
The issue of Covid-19 is still very much on the agenda, with some players in quarantine because of their travel arrangements. Chelsea, for example, have eight players in self-isolation after holidays abroad, and as the season is set to get underway with games being played behind closed doors, it’s something everyone has to be mindful of.
“It is not just football, it is in our society,” said Arteta. “We need to be aware of that.
“The fact that you went on holiday made you think that everything is gone, but we have to start back being really cautious, maintaining our distances, all the security measures we have in place, and we are able to provide that.
“We showed to the world that we can create safe environments for our athletes, so let’s hope we can continue to do that.”
Meanwhile, there’s good news for fans in the UK who grew used to every game being broadcast after lockdown. The Times (£) report that a breakthrough has been made which will allow matches to be shown on TV, for at least as long as fans are not allowed back in stadiums.
The full details are not known yet but a Premier League announcement is expected ahead of the new season.