MANCHESTER, England — For two weeks, the players of the Premier League have been taking a knee before games, demonstrating their support for the Black Lives Matter movement to millions of viewers across the world. Their peers in the Bundesliga had done the same. In Spain, Italy, and the United States players have followed suit.
The protests have made it plain that the players do not believe soccer is immune to the kind of systemic inequalities that brought millions to the streets.
On Monday, a study called into question yet another aspect of soccer that does not appear to be a level playing field.
According to research conducted by RunRepeat and published by the Professional Footballers’ Association, the union for players in England and Wales, the difference in the way European soccer commentators describe black and white players is stark.