When you watch football matches you might’ve noticed that sometimes players are wearing black armbands.
In Western culture, a black armband signifies that the wearer is in mourning or wishes to identify with the commemoration of a family friend, comrade or team member who has died. This use is particularly common in the first meeting following the loss of a member. In association football, it is common for a team to wear black armbands in their next match after the death of a former player or manager. This may also be accompanied by a moment of silence at the start of the match
The phrase “black armband view of history” was introduced to the Australian political lexicon by conservative historian Geoffrey Blainey in 1993 to describe views of history which, he believed, posited that “much of [pre-multicultural] Australian history had been a disgrace” and which focused mainly on the treatment of minority groups, especially Aborigines.The term was used by Prime Minister John Howard, whose perspective on Australian history strongly contrasted with what he called the black armband view
The black armbands are normally worn on a players right arm, so they are not confused with the captain’s armband which is usually on the left sleeve.