Why the first 25 seconds of England vs Switzerland will be in black and white

Why the first 25 seconds of England vs Switzerland will be in black and white

When viewers switch over to watch England vs Switzerland on Tuesday evening, they will be greeted by an unusual sight.

The first 25 seconds of the friendly at the King Power Stadium will be broadcast in black and white by Sky Sports in a move to commemorate the 25th anniversary of equality and inclusion organisation Kick It Out.

The idea was thought up by the FA, who believe it will emphasise the “importance of diversity” (via BBC Sport).

Paul Elliott, the FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board chairman, added: “Kick It Out have been a catalyst for the change in English football both on and off the pitch and we’re delighted to celebrate their inspirational work in promoting football for all.

“Hopefully the footage will encourage the millions of viewers at home to spend at least 25 seconds thinking about the importance of diversity in this beautiful game of ours.”

 

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Sky announced the news in an Instagram post, noting it will be the first time an England match has been broadcast in black and white for nearly half a century.

According to BBC Sport, England’s players will wear t-shirts branded with the Kick It Out logo and will be accompanied by eight mascots chosen by the organisation upon entering the pitch before kick-off.

The Three Lions will be hoping to avoid a fourth straight defeat following Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Spain at Wembley in the UEFA Nations League and the consecutive losses at the end of the World Cup.