English Premier League groups to restrict ‘taking the knee’ to important video games, Latest Football News
(REUTERS) – Premier League groups will restrict their pre-match anti-racism gesture of “taking the knee” to just some important video games from the brand new season, English soccer’s prime flight stated on Wednesday (Aug 3).
The Black Lives Matter trigger was taken up by Premier League golf equipment in 2020 following the loss of life of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis in May that yr.
Premier League golf equipment wore the Black Lives Matter brand on their shirts earlier than it was changed by “No Room for Racism”.
But whether or not gamers ought to proceed taking a knee earlier than video games has divided opinion throughout sport, with some analysts saying that the gesture, first carried out by National Football League participant Colin Kaepernick in 2016, was at risk of turning into diluted.
Premier League membership captains reaffirmed their dedication to preventing racism and all types of discrimination however stated gamers had determined to make use of particular moments throughout the upcoming marketing campaign, which begins on Friday, to take the knee.
“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,” the 20 captains stated in an announcement.
“We remain resolutely committed to eradicate racial prejudice, and to bring about an inclusive society with respect and equal opportunities for all.”
Players will take the knee throughout the opening match spherical of the season, “No Room for Racism” match rounds in October and March, Boxing Day fixtures after the World Cup, league matches on the ultimate day of the season and FA Cup and English League Cup finals.
The Premier League stated it supported the choice and would use these alternatives to raise anti-racism messaging.
“A total of £238,000 (S$400,640) will be donated to designated youth clubs on behalf of the captains after £119,000 was raised from the royalties of the ‘No Room For Racism’ sleeve badges sold on club shirts last season,” it added.
The Premier League matched the determine raised from the badges as a part of the contribution to these golf equipment.