The Premier League captains have announced that they would no longer customarily take the knee before games as a consequence of a campaign that started in the wake of George Floyd’s death in 2020 and has lasted for more than two years.
Prior to “important” periods during the season, clubs will still squat. Before the new season began, the Premier League announced that players would no longer be expected to customarily kneel before games.
Players began kneeling during Project Restart to demonstrate their support for the Black Lives Matter movement after the unjustifiable killing of George Floyd in the United States and the following growth of the movement.
The top flight’s attitude was established during Aston Villa’s televised match versus Sheffield United and has subsequently been adopted by all domestic leagues and other leagues.
When England players were jeered while taking this stance ahead of Euro 2020 last summer, it raised issues with the UK government.
The attitude has now been adopted by domestic leagues and other organizations.
After some teams and players made the decision to quit kneeling more recently, the Premier League has finally followed suit, more than two years after the movement was initially started.
This comes after several other teams and players said that they would no longer take a knee. Prior to a few rounds of games, including the FA Cup and Carabao Cup finals, Boxing Day games, and Premier League games during the No Room for Racism campaign, players will continue to take a knee.
In a statement, the Premier League said the following: “The club leaders in the Premier League have underlined their continuous commitment to the struggle against racism and other forms of discrimination ahead of the start of the new season”
The players have decided that they will take a knee periodically during the next season to underline the idea that racism has no place in either football or society at large.
As part of the league’s No Room for Racism Action Plan.
the Premier League will take advantage of these chances to disseminate the anti-racism message, and it completely supports the players’ decision.
Room for Racism Action Plan,” the statement reads. In a unified statement, the 20 captains of Premier League teams stated that they will take a knee during “critical moments” throughout the upcoming season.
We are staunchly committed to eliminating racial prejudice and building an inclusive society where everyone has respect and equal access to opportunities, they stated.
BY: OBED MPRAH OTCHERE