Premier League Players Will No Longer Take The Knee Before Every Match

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

3 Aug 2022

Premier League players will no longer perform the pre-match anti-racism gesture of taking the knee before every match.

Following the death of George Floyd in the United States in May 2020, clubs in England’s top division started taking a knee to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

Players and staff will now take the knee before the first and last matches of the 2022-23 campaign, Boxing Day fixtures, cup finals as well as dedicated No Room for Racism match rounds in October and March.

The decision was made by Premier League captains after after consulting with players.

“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,” said a joint statement from the Premier League captains. 

“We remain resolutely committed to eradicate racial prejudice, and to bring about an inclusive society with respect and equal opportunities for all.”

The league said in a statement: “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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