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Premier League releases statement on the “horrific and brutal acts” in Israel and Gaza, plans moments of silence

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Premier League is set to observe a period of silence as a mark of respect for those affected by the the ongoing crisis in Israel and Gaza.

The Premier League has issued a statement condemning acts of violence against innocent citizens in Israel and Gaza.

The conflict between Israel and Hamas, the terrorist group governing the Gaza Strip of the Palestinian territories, began on Saturday 7th October after Hamas launched a surprise attack and Israel launched retaliatory air strikes.

More than 2,500 lives in Israel and Palestine have been lost since the violence broke out.

With no games scheduled last weekend due to the international break, the Premier League have confirmed their players, managers and match officials will show their respect when the season resumes on October 21.

They also announced that when players, managers, and match officials return to club football after the current international break, they will wear black armbands and observe a moment of silence.

statement released on Thursday read: “The Premier League is shocked and saddened by the escalating crisis in Israel and Gaza, and strongly condemns the horrific and brutal acts of violence against civilians.

“We hope for peace, and our heartfelt sympathies are with the victims, their families and the communities impacted.

“As a mark of respect for all those affected, Premier League players, managers and match officials will wear black armbands and observe a moment’s silence at the fixtures taking place from Saturday 21 to Monday 23 October.

“The League will also make a donation to the British Red Cross to support the aid efforts helping those in urgent need.”

The statement also added that no banners or signage bearing political statements will be allowed in stadiums across England.

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