'I'm ashamed of what white people have done to black people' - Guardiola speaks out on Black Lives Matter movement after Man City thrash Arsenal
Pep Guardiola favored the Black Lives Matter movement after Manchester City fought Arsenal on Wednesday and admitted that he was "ashamed of what white people did to black people".
The Premier League prevailed against racism when English football returned after a three-month hiatus forced by the corona virus.
Sheffield United and Aston Villa set a good example when they started the campaign during the week. All players on both sides wore "Black Lives Matter" jerseys on the back instead of their own names.
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The two teams knelt on the pitch just before the kick-off to show solidarity with the global movement before the same gesture was seen in the second game of the day at Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City and Arsenal also attended the anti-racism presentation while wearing jerseys with the BLM logo over the Premier League badge.
After watching his team celebrate a comfortable 3-0 win over the Gunners, Guardiola explained why he is so desperately looking for significant changes in race equality.
The city's head coach said at a post-game press conference: "Whites should apologize for the way we have treated black people for 400 years.
"We should send a thousand million messages for the blacks. I am ashamed and ashamed of what the whites have done for the blacks.
"How can people think they are different? All gestures are good and positive. Anything we can do to make them aware is not acceptable.
"We have a lot of things to do for black people that we haven't done before."
The city's winger, Raheem Sterling, who launched his own social media campaign against racism after mass protests around the world, believes that English football is finally "going in the right direction" when it comes to tackle the problem.
He told Sky Sports: "I see it as a massive step for the Premier League to allow this to happen, and it shows that we are going in the right direction."
"Little by little we see changes. It was natural, it was organic. We saw how the teams did it at the earlier kick-off and thought we had to do it too."
Sterling scored his 12th Premier League goal against Arsenal and was pleased with City's performance as a collective after a long break.
He added: "It has been confusing in the past few weeks. We are all happy to be back at the stadium and to make good efforts.
"We expected it to be weird, but the message after the break was to find something in us and dig deep.
"We got used to the atmosphere for the first 10 minutes, but after that I thought we controlled the game well."
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