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Premier League clarifies why players will no longer take the knee ahead of every match

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Premier League clarifies why players will no longer take the knee ahead of every match

The Premier League has confirmed that players will reduce the number of times they take the knee in the 2022/23 season.

As they have done for the past two seasons, players will stop performing the gesture before every game.

Instead, it will be shown only before specific matches, including Boxing Day games.

In a statement, the Premier League said: “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.

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

Players will, however, continue to take the knee during the ‘No Room For Racism’ campaign in October, as well as major cup finals such as the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.

Following the murder of George Floyd by police in the United States, players decided to take the knee after the start of the Premier League season in 2020.

However, in the last two weeks, the league’s clubs and team captains have agreed to refrain from repeating the gesture due to concerns that it was losing its impact and message.

Some players had already decided not to take the knee, including Crystal Palace’s Wilfred Zaha and the entire Brentford team, who did so months ago.

Despite concerns about dwindling support, talkSPORT co-host Trevor Sinclair believes the movement has and will continue to change the narrative surrounding racism in football.

“I think if the captain’s have agreed that then that’s democracy isn’t it,” the ex-West Ham and Manchester City star said on Wednesday’s White and Jordan show.

“It’s shown that football is no longer willing to accept racism, or any kind of misogyny, or any kind of abuse at football stadiums.

“That’s what it represents for me and I think that’s what it means for a lot of people you see taking the knee.”

Premier League clarifies why players will no longer take the knee ahead of every match

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