players are often spotted wearing black armbands on their sleeves during matches.
The wearing of black armbands has been seen in the , , and in other domestic leagues around Europe.
But why exactly do footballers wear black armbands during matches?
Here is what you need to know.
Why do footballers wear black armbands during games?
Footballers wear black armbands as a mark of respect to someone who has passed away or in remembrance of a certain occasion.
The wearing of the armbands could be to mark the death of someone significant such as a , a celebrity or a former player or manager.
They can also be used to reflect on an event – historical or present – that has had an impact on a wide number of people.
In games where black armbands are worn, players will often gather around the centre circle before the match for a minute’s silence or applause in remembrance.
Where does the tradition come from?
The tradition comes from Western culture, with black armbands worn to show the wearer is in a state of mourning or wishes to identify with the remembrance of a friend, comrade or team member who has passed away.
The act normally takes place in the first meeting following the death of the individual.
The practice of wearing black armbands is commonplace in cricket as well as football.
When have players worn black armbands in the past?
Football clubs in the UK wore black armbands in the first fixtures held after the death of in September 2022.
players wear the armbands every year to mark the anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy, which resulted in the death of 97 fans during the team’s FA Cup semi-final fixture with Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989.
Similarly, wear them to remember the Munich Air Disaster in February 1958, where 23 people were Ki**ed when the British European Airways flight carrying players, journalists and supporters crashed whilst taking off from the Munich-Riem Airport in Germany.
Bayern Munich players displayed the armband to support the Black Lives Matter movement in May 2020 following the killing of George Floyd.
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