Premier League players to continue taking a knee throughout the 2021/22 season.


Premier League players from all 20 clubs will continue to take a knee in the 2021-22 season to highlight their opposition to racism.

Staff and players have been taking a knee prior to kick-off during games since June 2020 in order to affirm their support for the movement to ensure racial equality. The decision has been "wholeheartedly and firmly supported" by the Premier League, with players and match officials wearing "No Room For Racism' badges on their shirts. The Premier League players said in an announcement: "We feel now, more than ever, it is important for us to keep kneeling to show our solidarity against all forms of racism. "We remain committed to our singular goal of eliminating racial prejudice everywhere it is present in order to build a global society of inclusion and respect for everyone." England players were booed when they sat on the knees during pre Euro 2020 friendlies but continued to demonstrate anti-racism gestures during their journey to the final. Richard Masters, chief executive of the Premier League, stated that "The Premier League and our club's players, players and match officials share a long-standing dedication to combat discrimination based on race and other forms of discrimination." "Following our club captains' meeting, our collective commitment was reaffirmed and the Premier League will continue to be supportive of the players' loud voice in this vital issue. "Racism of any kind is not acceptable."No Room For Racism outlines our zero-tolerance policy. The Premier League will continue to collaborate with clubs, players, and football partners to bring about tangible change to remove inequality from our game." Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha became the first Premier League player to not take a knee before games last season, saying that the practice is "degrading". Brentford who started the Premier League campaign against Arsenal on the 13th of August decided to stop taking a knee prior to games as it didn't provide the impact that was expected. This is the first weekend in a row that the Premier League season's opening weekend is open to everyone since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The English Football League has also pledged its support to any player or staff member who wishes to take a knee before games this season.

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