Black Lives Matter for Burrell

Luther Burrell has praised his club Warrington for backing ‘Black Lives Matter’.

The Wolves have unveiled a special-edition version of their home shirt to “show support and solidarity” for the movement.

Black replaces the blue sections of the shirt and shaded details the primrose on the shirt, the reverse of which features the BLM message.

The club says all profits will go to the education charity ‘Show Racism the Red Card’.

“I think it’s great. They’re the only club to date that has stepped up and done something for Black Lives Matter,” said former England rugby union international Burrell, who has spoken out on his experiences of racism.

“It’s brilliant that they’ve shown support for a campaign that’s going on around the world at the moment, but also myself and other black men in the team.

“But it does frustrate me and it’s horrendous the fact that it’s 2020 and we have to do these anti-racism campaigns.”

Centre or second row Burrell, 32, who joined Warrington a year ago after playing union for Leeds, Sale and Northampton, grew up in Huddersfield.

He explained in an interview with the Mirror: “It’s such a shame that it’s taken a man’s death (that of George Floyd in Minneapolis) to strike up this uproar, because black people have had this for many years – my father, my grandfather, my great-grandfather. I’ve experienced racism, especially in my youth.

“I just hope things can change, I really do.

“By no means do I support any of the looting, but I do support the protests, the marches, and what Warrington as a club are doing.

“People are standing up and voicing their opinions, and that is very, very positive.”