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The Washington Redskins NFL team have announced today that they will be retiring the name and logo, following a review.
In a statement posted to the team's official Twitter account, a spokesperson wrote: "On July 3rd, we announced the commencement of a thorough review of the team's name. That review has begun in earnest.
"As part of this process, we want to keep our sponsors, fans and community apprised of our thinking as we go forward.
"Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review.
"Dan Snyder and Coach [Ron] Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years."
The review began following years of controversy regarding the team and its logo, which are considered to be racist towards Native Americans.
When the franchise announced that a rethink would be taking place, a statement read: "In light of recent events around our country and feedback from our community, the Washington Redskins are announcing the team will undergo a thorough review of the team's name.
"This review formalises the initial discussions the team has been having with the league in recent weeks.
"Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, stated: 'This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organisation sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field.'"
Well if it has to be changed? #Redwolves they're an endangered animal indigenous to the area and connected to Native American culture. Keep the the logo classic(think old school football), and the look mostly the same to allow for an easier transition for the team and fans. pic.twitter.com/5WLfTJM6ob
- Marc W. Goff Sr (@Skinsfan_26) July 13, 2020
In addition to this, the team's current head coach Ron Rivera said: "This issue is of personal importance to me and I look forward to working closely with Dan Snyder to make sure we continue the mission of honouring and supporting Native Americans and our Military."
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