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Premier League players will no longer take a knee before each game
Premier League players will no longer take a knee before the kick-off of every football match in solidarity against racism but will do so at « meaningful times », they announced on Wednesday.
“We have decided to select meaningful moments to take a knee during the season to highlight our unity against all forms of racism and in doing so we continue to show solidarity for a common cause,” said the Premier League captains in a statement from the body. “We remain steadfastly committed to eradicating racial prejudice and creating an inclusive society with respect and equal opportunity for all,” they added.
Premier League players had taken to kneeling before games since George Floyd, a black man, was killed by a white police officer in the United States in 2020.
They will now kneel in matches at the opening or end of the season, or even before matches as part of the « No room for racism » campaign.