AFC Wimbledon and the Dons Trust have been deeply affected by the events resulting in the death of George Floyd in America.
This club has always been an advocate of diversity and inclusivity, so we believe that Black Lives Matter and we condemn racism, prejudice and injustice in all forms. All of the organisations that work within these areas have found us willing and able partners. Earlier this year, we wholeheartedly supported the Kick It Out campaign for the Peterborough match with Paul Kalambayi and captain Will Nightingale promoting it.
There are always things that we can do better and through different working groups we strive to constantly raise our awareness and commitment to embrace tolerance and understanding. We have a wonderfully diverse fan and employee base, which is a strength and something to be proud of. We are open to ideas and would welcome dialogue with anyone that wishes to engage with us on these matters.
Chief Executive Joe Palmer said: “It’s incredible to think that the actions of one incident, thousands of miles away, can have such a resonating effect all around the world. But this isn’t an isolated incident and it’s not the first, nor is it likely - unfortunately - to be the last.
"Why, in this day and age, do events like those in Minneapolis two weeks ago continue to happen? It’s easy to be a bystander but the only way we can truly bring about change is when we make it everyone’s problem. It’s so important that we don’t just show our support but also take action in our daily lives to remove prejudices and ensure equality for everyone. As a club, we will always strive for this.”