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Premier League players will continue to take knee for 2021/22 season to highlight opposition to racism and inequality


Premier League players will continue to take the knee next season to bring attention to racial injustice and inequality.

The decision is ‘wholeheartedly supported’ by the Premier League, with players and match officials wearing ‘No Room For Racism’ badges on their shirts.

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Premier League players will continue to take the knee this season, saying that ‘more than ever, it is important’ that they keep showing unity against all forms of racism

The players said in a statement: “We feel now, more than ever, it is important for us to continue to take the knee as a symbol of our unity against all forms of racism.

“We remain resolutely committed to our singular objective of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists, to bring about a global society of inclusion, respect and equal opportunities for all.”

Players have taken the knee at Premier League matches since football resumed last June amid the coronavirus pandemic.

England players were booed by pockets of fans when taking the knee in pre-Euro 2020 friendlies but continued to do so throughout their run to the final.

England players were also booed as they took the knee ahead of their pre-Euros friendly with Austria

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England players were also booed as they took the knee ahead of their pre-Euros friendly with Austria

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: “The Premier League, our clubs, players and match officials have a long-standing commitment to tackle racism and all forms of discrimination.

“Following our club captains’ meeting, that collective commitment was reaffirmed and the Premier League will continue to support the players’ strong voice on this important issue.

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“Racism in any form is unacceptable and No Room For Racism makes our zero-tolerance stance clear.

“The Premier League will continue to work with our clubs, players and football partners to bring about tangible change to remove inequality from our game.”



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