Players in the Premier League will no longer take a knee before every game.
Instead, the captains of the league’s 20 clubs have agreed to take the knee at specific points during the season “to amplify the message that racism has no place in football or society.”
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Premier League players and staff began kneeling prior to kickoff in games in June 2020 to show their support for the racial equality movement.
The Premier League backed the decision, with players and officials wearing ‘No Room For Racism’ badges on their shirts. This, however, will no longer be the case.
Releasing a statement, The League said:
The Premier League supports the players’ decision and, alongside the clubs, will use these opportunities to elevate anti-racism messaging as part of the League’s No Room for Racism Action Plan.
Players will take the knee during this weekend’s opening games of the season, at dedicated No Room for Racism matches in October and March, Boxing Day fixtures after the World Cup has finished, the last day of the season and the FA and EFL cup finals.
The Premier League captains said in a statement:
We have decided to select significant moments to take the knee during the season to highlight our unity against all forms of racism and in so doing we continue to show solidarity for a common cause.
We remain resolutely committed to eradicate racial prejudice, and to bring about an inclusive society with respect and equal opportunities for all.
Source: The Guardian