NFL team Washington Redskins have announced their name and logo will be removed.
The five-time champions launched a review of their name, which has been considered offensive to native Americans, ten days ago.
A statement read: “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.
[Owner] Dan Synder 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.”
Redskins’ sponsors had threatened to pull funding from the team unless they did not change their name.
They are one of the oldest teams in the NFL, having been founded in Boston in 1932 before adopting the Redskins name the following year and moving to Washington in 1937.
Synder, a boyhood fan of the Washington Redskins, vowed never to change the team’s name.
However, worldwide protests have been taking place against police brutality and racism in recent months and the team’s sponsors, including Bank of America, Nike, Pepsi and FedEx, urged for Synder to reconsider.
The team are expected to have a new name and logo before the 2020 NFL season starts in September.