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Premier League clubs stop kneeling before every match

English Premier League footballers said yesterday they would no longer take their knees before every match next season, following criticism that anti-racism gestures were losing their grip.
In a Premier League statement, the club’s captain instead said he would bow before selected matches and “in doing so continue to show solidarity for a common cause”.
The league said it supported the captain’s decision and stepped up its anti-racism message as part of its “no room for racism” campaign. Premier League players began taking a knee at the start of every match in June 2020, when the season resumed following the Covid shutdown, a month after George Floyd’s murder in the US .
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling to protest racial injustice in 2016. The gesture has been familiar across sports since Floyd was murdered by US police officers. It became a spectacle of
But some Premier League players have questioned its continued relevance, and some right-wing politicians in the UK have criticized its identification with the Black Lives Matter protest movement.
Crystal Palace black striker Wilfried Zaha was an early dissident, labeling the gesture “degrading” and choosing to stand instead.
Last season, Chelsea’s white defender Marcos Alonso decided to stand up and point to an anti-racism badge on his shirt sleeve instead. Abuse of black footballers remains rampant on social media, saying football must take “stronger” action to fight back.
Lukaku told CNN Sports last September, “Yeah, we’re on our knees…but sometimes we see another insult after the game.

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However, former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville criticized the decision.
“For the young people of this country, it was the most open demonstration of their heroes fighting inequality,” he wrote on Twitter.
“This is what my 12- and 13-year-olds comment and notify before each game. Let’s go back to wearing a t-shirt once a season!” he added. rice field. Not every game, the Premier League players will be on their knees before this weekend’s season opener and the ‘No Room for Racism’ match rounds in October and his March.
The captain said he would also observe it before Boxing Day games, on the final day of the season and before the FA Cup and League Cup finals.
“We are resolutely committed to eradicating racial prejudice and achieving an inclusive society of respect and equal opportunity for all,” they said in a statement.
The sale of the ‘No Room For Racism’ sleeve badge on replica shirts from last season raised £119,000 ($145,000) in royalties for the club. According to a statement, they are donating the amount to designated youth teams, with the Premier League donating a similar amount. A player’s pre-match gestures are generally respected by fans.
However, some of the spectators at the England match booed when the players took a knee, provoking an angry reaction from the national team manager Gareth Southgate.
Piara Powar, head of the anti-discrimination group Fare Network, told AFP last year that kneeling is a meaningful act even if caught in a “culture war-style debate.” Told.
“It’s impactful,” he said. “Without clout, people wouldn’t have booed it.”
But the second tier of top-flight English football, the Championship, has already started the season with both Bristol City and Swansea City saying their players will no longer be on their knees. , the act is dilutive, and the Professional Footballers’ Association said its members did not want the gesture to “become routine and potentially lose its impact.”
“We’ve talked to the players about this and heard they want to find a balance,” said Maheta Morango, chief executive of the players’ union.

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