Matt Le Tissier to review wearing of Black Lives Matter badge on Sky Sports over 'defunding police' policy

Ben Rumsby
Matt le Tissier on Sky Sports - SKY SPORTS

Matt Le Tissier is “reviewing” whether to continue wearing a Black Lives Matter badge on Sky Sports over the movement’s policy of “defunding the police and ending capitalism”.

The Southampton icon, who has donned the badge on Sky’s flagship Soccer Saturday programme along with presenter Jeff Stelling and other pundits, revealed he had spoken to his boss about not wanting to promote a “far left ideology”.

Black Lives Matter’s adoption of the slogan “defund the police” – which it stresses is about reallocating money toward non-policing forms of public safety rather than eradicating law-enforcement altogether – has caused controversy.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer was criticised for branding the organisation’s call “nonsense”.

Le Tissier revealed his own views on the matter on Twitter, initially posting: “If you’re far right or far left do me and yourselves a favour and unfollow me.”

That prompted a response from @stuarthealy1, which read: “If you are central Matt why wear a badge promoting a far left ideology?”

He replied: “That’s a good point and one which I’ve made to my boss already.”

Another user, @mcarle17, asked: “So let me get this straight, you had objections to wearing a badge saying ‘Black Lives Matter’?”

Le Tissier, who told another user he was “reviewing” whether to continue donning the badge, replied: “Let me get this straight you promote defunding the police and ending capitalism?”

Another user, @luke_mcmxc, asked: “Sorry Matt, do you think black lives matter? Yes or no question really.”

Le Tissier did not respond but @NikkiStix55 posted: “Oh stop trying to put words in his mouth. He’s clearly referring to the organisation not black people.”

A Sky Sports spokesman said Le Tissier had raised wearing the badge with producers “as a discussion point” and was told he was free to stop wearing it at any time.