Premier League: players will no longer kneel before each match

Players had taken to kneeling before matches after the murder of George Floyd in May 2020.

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It is a gesture that has marked the English championship in recent seasons. Premier League players will no longer take a knee before kick-off of every football match in solidarity against racism but will do so at “significant moments”they announced on Wednesday, August 3.

“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.”the Premier League captains said 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 take a knee during matches at the opening or end of the season, or before matches as part of the campaign “No Room for Racism” (“No place for racism”).

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