The Crystal Palace forward made a record by becoming the first Premier League player this season to stand instead of taking a knee as the protocol dictates.
The Palace forward had described the knee-taking gesture as “degrading” and told the football authorities to do more in the fight against racism. Instead of taking a knee, the forward lived by his word. He had promised before the match that he was going to “stand tall.”
While speaking to the Financial Times’ Busines of Football summit, Zaha explained why he felt the act of taking the knee is degrading. He said:
Zaha also promised not to wear the Black Lives Matter slogan shirt as it makes him feel like a target.
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