Premier League players to continue taking the knee in upcoming season

Premier League players from all 20 clubs have confirmed that they will continue to take the knee in the 2021/22 season.

The “taking the knee” gesture burst into life last year following the re-emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement. The murder of George Floyd in the United States seemed to give birth to a new generation of protests in the name of racial equality, with the act of taking the knee making its way into the world of football and the Premier League.

Some believe it does little to help raise awareness for these issues whereas others are of the belief that it’s an important step in showing solidarity in the fight to combat racism.

In a statement, players from the EPL had the following to say on this decision.

“We feel now, more than ever, it is important for us to continue to take the knee as a symbol of our unity against all forms of racism. 

“We remain resolutely committed to our singular objective of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists, to bring about a global society of inclusion, respect and equal opportunities for all.”

The league’s chief executive Richard Masters followed up with a statement of his own.

“The Premier League, our clubs, players and match officials have a long-standing commitment to tackle racism and all forms of discrimination.

“Following our club captains’ meeting, that collective commitment was reaffirmed and the Premier League will continue to support the players’ strong voice on this important issue. 

“Racism in any form is unacceptable and No Room For Racism makes our zero-tolerance stance clear. The Premier League will continue to work with our clubs, players and football partners to bring about tangible change to remove inequality from our game.”

The Premier League season gets underway on August 13 when newcomers Brentford host Arsenal.

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