Players in the Premier League will no longer take the knee before every game.
The decision was made by Premier League captains after after consulting with players.
However, the gesture will be seen during certain rounds of matches, such as Boxing Day fixtures and Cup finals. Players and match officials will also begin wearing ‘No Room For Racism’ badges on their shirts.
The Premier League captains said in a statement: “We have decided to select significant moments to take the knee during the season to highlight our unity against all forms of racism and in so doing we continue to show solidarity for a common cause.
“We remain resolutely committed to eradicate racial prejudice, and to bring about an inclusive society with respect and equal opportunities for all.”
The act of taking the knee before every game in the Premier League began as a way to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd in 2020.
The gesture was inspired by NFL player Colin Kaepernick who took the knee during the U.S. national anthem to protest against racism.
The captains’ decision to stop taking the knee before every game has been supported by the Premier League.
In a statement, the league said: “The Premier League supports the players’ decision and, alongside the clubs, will use these opportunities to elevate anti-racism messaging as part of the League’s No Room for Racism Action Plan.”
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