Getty ImagesThe National Football League (NFL) has launched a new fund in response to the widespread Black Lives Matter protests that will donate US$250 million over ten years ‘to combat systemic racism’ in the US. The North American football league said that the fund will aim to support the battle against the 'ongoing and historic injustices faced by African-Americans’ and forms part of expanded efforts to raise awareness around social justice. A statement read: ‘The NFL and our clubs will continue to work collaboratively with NFL payers to support programmes to address criminal justice reform, police reforms, and economic and educational advancement. ‘In addition to the financial commitment, we will continue to leverage the NFL Network and all of our media properties to place an increased emphasis on raising awareness and promoting education of social justice issues to our fans and help foster unity. ’The pledge follows pressure from several NFL players calling on the league to make a serious commitment to the fight against racism. Their comments came in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed during a police arrest in Minneapolis on 25th May.
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