Colchester owner releases statement about booing situation
Just like Millwall fans, Colchester fans booed their own players after they took the knee before the kick-off
Taking the knee is a gesture players use to show support for the BLM campaign. They take the knee to raise awareness toward an important issue which is discrimination on ethnic minorities. The fans are allowed back to the stadium and some of them decided to boo the players when the took the knee.
chairman and owner
has urged those who want to keep booing the pre-match gesture not to return – and offered to refund the season tickets of anyone who chooses to accept his request.
“It is undeniable that black and other ethnic minority people are still the victims of racism, and the black footballers and staff at Colchester United feel that they are in a position of privilege that has been fought for through the blood and sweat of their ancestors,” he said in a statement.
“A position that in 2020 the average black person is still not afforded.
“Those taking the knee, and supporting the taking of the knee, not only show their willingness to support the drive to eradicate racial oppression but force it to be a talking point even when it’s uncomfortable.
“Undeniably, taking the knee is a fundamental catalyst in pushing the conversation and thus the necessary changes forward.
“I’m sure the vast majority of Colchester United fans are supportive and want to play their part in showing they back the actions of our players.
“Maybe those that booed on Saturday might now understand what this gesture means to our club and will at the very least remain silent during future games whilst the players continue to take the knee before each kick-off.
“Alternatively, they should just stay away from our club because anyone that still wants to boo now that I have explained the purpose and importance of the taking of the knee is not welcome at our club.
“I will be happy to refund anyone for the remaining value of their season permit if that is the reason they feel they can no longer attend our games.”
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