Manchester United has been awarded with the Premier League Equality Standard Advanced Level in recognition of the club’s progress and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Following an in-depth assessment process, Manchester United was confirmed as having achieved the highest accolade possible by the Premier League earlier this year, receiving commendation for the ongoing momentum the club has built in this area and the impact of staff in ensuring this forms part of everyday decision-making across the entire organisation.

The Premier League also praised the club’s approach in understanding its role as an advocate for equality, diversity, inclusion and anti-discrimination, particularly with the launch of the HATRED initiative in April 2019.

Speaking about the club’s achievement of the Premier League Equality Standard, Manchester United’s Group Managing Director, Richard Arnold said: “We are extremely proud to have achieved the highest level of the Premier League’s Equality Standard. This means a lot to us. We thank all of the Club’s staff for their hard work in this achievement.

"The journey does not stop here for us though. Through our #allredallequal equality programme we will continue to ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion are integral throughout the business and that Manchester United remains as a club open to all."

Bill Bush, Premier League Executive Director said: "Promoting equality and tackling discrimination are priorities for the Premier League and the Equality Standard Advanced requirements are a challenging benchmark against which clubs’ work is assessed.

“Manchester United brought great commitment to their Equality Standard submission. They have developed a bold and proactive equality agenda with #allredallequal at the heart of their club-wide approach. They have worked hard to embed an effective framework to deliver that agenda internally and are strong advocates for equality, diversity and inclusion across football. We look forward to seeing sector-leading progress in the seasons ahead."