Premier League club captains have agreed to stop getting on their knees before every game but reiterated their commitment to fighting racism and discrimination.
Since the Premier League’s return from the COVID-19 pandemic in June 2020, players and staff have taken a knee before kick-off to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
However, the Premier League announced on Wednesday that players will limit the number of times they kneel ahead of next season’s games.
A statement said: “Ahead of the new season, Premier League club captains have reiterated their commitment to fighting racism and all forms of discrimination.
“The players have decided to use certain moments during the upcoming season to get on their knees to reinforce the message that racism has no place in football or in society.
“The Premier League supports the players’ choice and will, together with clubs, seize these opportunities to enhance anti-racism messages as part of the league’s No Space for Racism action plan.
“Players will take the knee during the opening round of the season, the No Room for Racism match rounds in October and March, the Boxing Day matches after the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and the Premier League matches on the final day of the season season and the finals of the FA Cup and EFL Cup.”
The Premier League captains added in a statement: “We have decided to select key moments throughout the season to take a knee to underscore our unity against all forms of racism and in doing so we continue to show solidarity for a common one Matter.
“We remain resolutely committed to eradicating racial prejudice and building an inclusive society with respect and equal opportunity for all.”
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