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Millwall players prefer not to take the knee, says Millwall manager

Sun 06 December 2020 | 16:27

Gary Rowett claims that taking the knee is becoming an empty gesture and players prefer not to do it.

Gary Rowett

believes that taking the knee before each game is a waste of time. He says the act is losing it’s meaning and should be stopped. He comments on the issue while

Millwall

fans decided to boo their own players which some of them were black, while they took the knee.

Taking the knee is an act done by football players to raise awareness about discrimination against black people and racism generally.

“I’m sat here as a manager disappointed that we’re not talking about the game,” said Rowett.

“I think the club have done so many positive things in the community related to anti-discrimination through great initiatives.

“It’s a club that works incredibly hard to enact change and do something about situations we all feel we need to be more proactive on.

“We’re all disappointed we’re having to come in and talk about it.”

However, Rowett revealed his players feel more can be done to tackle discrimination and racism.

He added:

“The players have released a statement together and said they don’t support it [taking the knee] as a political message but support anti-discrimination.

“Moving forward, like a lot of clubs, they would prefer not to take the knee and actually enact change.

“They want to be proactive rather than it being a gesture, which a lot of clubs are now saying is perhaps empty.

“That’s not my consideration, but they now feel that gesture is in danger of being empty.”

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