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Banner flown over Crystal Palace vs Arsenal match reading 'kick rapists off the pitch'

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Premier League opener between Crystal Palace and Arsenal.The banner went over the ground just before kick-off in south London as part of a protest funded by Arsenal fans and feminist group Level Up.

A statement from Level Up said they "plan to disrupt the fanfare and demand the Premier League takes more action on 'a culture of impunity around sexual violence in football.'"Arsenal fan Mikel Franklin added his voice to the protest, telling The Athletic: "As a lifelong Arsenal fan, I want to see our club lead the league in fighting sexual violence.

Anyone who is violent towards a woman must be held accountable, no matter how important they are to any team’s success.READ MORE: Win 2 tickets to watch England vs Germany in Nations League action at Wembley StadiumHe added: "Sexual violence is a problem everywhere and I want Arsenal, given their importance in the Premier League, to lead the way."When the action got underway at Selhurst Park, Arsenal flew out of the blocks and should have been ahead inside the opening few minutes.

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