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The Daily Bee: Premier League Players to Stop Taking the Knee Before Every Match

Players will no longer take a knee before every Premier League game in a symbolic stand in the fight against racism

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Good Morning Fear the Wall,

Premier League players will no longer be taking a knee before every league match. The decision has been taken by the club captains of each team, and the knee, which is intended to make a statement in the fight for equality and to end racism in football and in wider society, will only be taken in “specific moments during the upcoming campaign”.

The players will instead take the knee for key matches through the season, in the Premier League and in cup competitions:

Players will take the knee during the opening match round of the season, dedicated No Room for Racism match rounds in October and March, Boxing Day fixtures following the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, Premier League matches on the final day of the season and The FA Cup and EFL Cup Finals.

It’s a complicated one really, because I understand why the players don’t necessarily feel they should carry on doing this forever, but I think they (and many commentators) are underestimating the effect that elite signals about social attitudes can have on public opinion.

That said, it’s also possible that a similar impact can be made by taking a knee in the big games, to reiterate the commitment to fighting against racism.

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