Brentford FC reiterated its support for racial equality before the win over Wigan Athletic yesterday. Football has continued to show solidarity against racial discrimination in recent weeks and this continued at Griffin Park. Players from both teams took a knee at kick-off yesterday and Brentford players wore t-shirts to share our #BeeTogether message, the Club's policy on diversity and inclusion.
Earlier this week there was the announcement of a BAME coaching placement scheme. Brentford FC have already contacted the relevant authorities to take part in this scheme. A joint statement has also been issued on the Premier League website to reiterate that players, clubs, The FA, EFL, PFA, LMA, PGMOL and all those who have come together in recent weeks reject racism and show support for the message that black lives matter. See that here.
The demonstration from the players days after a statement was released further outlining our position on Bee Together. That can be seen here. The Club has also released a new video reiterating our stand against racism and discrimination. Under the #BeeTogether banner, the video features Brentford players, fans and staff, and stresses the importance the Club places on togetherness and unity. See it here.
Players also came together to thank the NHS before the game yesterday. On 5 July 1948 the NHS was officially created. It is unusual for football to have the chance to mark this anniversary but with the season on going as the NHS turns 72 this weekend, Brentford joined the EFL and clubs across the country to mark the day with a minute of applause.