Dele Alli has claimed in a recent interview that footballers can help to educate people on the Black Lives Matter movement.
The death of George Floyd in the United States has sparked a series of protests across the country and the wider world.
Many footballers have shown their solidarity over the past week with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho revealing a message of support last weekend (Daily Mail).
Some Premier League clubs also took a knee in a show of support for the Black Lives Movement this week (Sky Sports).
Dele has now spoken out about the recent incidents in America and how he hopes that we can educate the next generation properly on the subject.
In an interview with Eurosport (relayed by Football Daily), he said: “It’s important to make it clear that everyone is hurting. This isn’t something that is just going on now, obviously with the George Floyd incident. It’s not something new, it’s something people have been fighting for a very long time now and we are aware of that.
“I think everyone has their own way of trying to change things and to help out, but it’s not my place to say what’s right and what’s wrong, what’s the right way to do things. Everyone’s human and a lot of people are hurting from this.
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“It’s time for a change and we know that with our platform, we can help out as much as we can. I say the right way, but I think we’ve just got to try and help, firstly, to help the next generations coming up and educate people properly.
“You can see what’s going on and there have been some positive changes. A lot of people are making it clear how they feel. Obviously, it’s a touchy subject but something that needs to be spoken about.
“It’s time for a change and everyone knows that. Like I said a lot of people are hurting from the recent incidents but again it’s something that has been going on for a long time. It’s something that a lot of people hurt from.
“I think now whilst everyone is reacting to what’s happened, hopefully we can change for the better and have a positive impact and, as footballers, try and help out as much as we can.”
Spurs also showed their support on Twitter by taking part in the #BlackoutTuesday on June 2. Harry Kane, Eric Dier, and Jan Veronghen were just some of the Spurs players to have also taken part on Instagram.
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Change is needed. Footballers have the platform to educate and teach young supporters. It was great to see Dele publicly speak out about this subject along with the club taking part in Blackout Tuesday. Hopefully, clubs and footballers can continue to show their support over the next few weeks once the season has restarted.