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Premier League players to limit kneeling before games, league announces ahead of new season | Soccer News

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Premier League players will no longer routinely kneel before games, the league announced ahead of the new season.

In the wake of the wrongful killing of George Floyd in the United States and the subsequent Black Lives Matter movement, players began to take a knee during the project’s relaunch.

Aston Villa’s televised match against Sheffield United began with a top-flight stance that has since been replicated in the domestic league and beyond. caused friction with the British government when England players were booed when they were making

In recent days, a number of individual clubs and players have announced they will stop kneeling, and now the Premier League has followed this initiative more than two years after it was first introduced.

Players may take a knee before certain matches, including FA Cup and Carabao Cup finals, Boxing Day matches, and the Premier League No Room For Racism round.

“Ahead of the new season, the Premier League club captains have reaffirmed their commitment to combating racism and all forms of discrimination,” the Premier League said in a statement.

“The players have decided to take advantage of a specific moment during their upcoming campaign to take a knee in order to amplify the message that racism has no place in football or society.

“The Premier League supports the decisions of its players and, together with the clubs, will use these opportunities to enhance its anti-racism message as part of the league’s no room for racism action plan.”

He added that the 20 Premier League captains collectively will take advantage of “key moments” next season to take a knee.

“We are resolutely committed to eradicating racial prejudice and achieving an inclusive society that brings respect and equal opportunity to all,” they added.

The Premier League has also announced £238,000 will be donated to a number of youth clubs on behalf of club captains, with £119,000 going to ‘no room for racism’ sold on club shirts in 2021/22 , and the numbers the Premier League matches.

PFA chief: decision about ‘finding the balance’

Maheta Morango, the first BAME chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, said the Premier League captains reached the decision with the aim of finding “balance” in how they show support.

“We’ve always made it clear that the choice to kneel or not should be a personal decision for each individual.

“We have spoken to the players about this and we hear they want to find a balance. You may lose

“But they are also committed to using their platforms and their voices to keep attention on issues that are still very important, not only in the UK but around the world.”

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