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Zaha to stop taking knee before EPL games

  • Published at 01:58 pm February 19th, 2021
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Wilfried Zaha

Players have been taking a knee since July, initially in support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement before the EPL linked the gesture to its own anti-racism campaigns

Crystal Palace's Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha says he will stop taking a knee before Premier League matches kick off as part of English football's anti-racism campaign because he believes the meaning of the "degrading" gesture has been lost.

Players have been taking a knee since July, initially in support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement before the Premier League and English Football League linked the gesture to their own anti-racism campaigns.

Last week second-tier side Brentford said their players would no longer take a knee before matches and will find other ways to support racial equality, but would back other clubs that continue to kneel before games.

The 27-year-old Ivory Coast international is the latest football personality to offer a free bed, following in the footsteps of former Manchester United star Gary Neville and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich

Posted by Sports Tribune on Saturday, 21 March 2020

Premier League players have also been racially abused online, prompting English football bodies to put pressure on social media companies to tackle the problem.

Manchester United's Axel Tuanzebe, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, Chelsea's Reece James, Arsenal's Eddie Nketiah, West Bromwich Albion's Romaine Sawyers and Southampton's Alex Jankewitz have all been victims in recent weeks.

Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham said at the summit that the London club provide support to their players and report abuse to the police.

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