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Raheem Sterling has hailed players taking a knee before Manchester City’s win over Arsenal as a “massive step” towards social change.

Both sets of players collectively took a knee on the pitch at kick-off to show support towards the Black Lives Matter movement, with Aston Villa and Sheffield United players also making the gesture before the earlier kick-off.

Players also had “Black Lives Matter” printed on the back of their shirts and the England international was delighted the Premier League was able to show solidarity and progress.

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“It was a massive step for the Premier League to allow something like that to happen, it shows we’re going in the right direction,” Sterling told Sky Sports.

“It shows we’re achieving change. It was natural and organic.

“We saw other teams do it. We thought we had to do it as well.”

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