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Brentford to stop kneeling before the matches

Sun 14 February 2021 | 9:37

Brentford players have announced they will not kneel before their matches as part of an anti-racism campaign anymore, starting with their game against Barnsley on Sunday.

Players have been taking a knee since June, initially in support of the 'Black Lives Matter' movement following the death of George Floyd.

Racist abuse of footballers has been widespread in recent weeks and

Brentford

’s squad believe the demonstration is no longer having an impact and they are looking for more tangible ways to support the fight against discrimination in football.

A statement posted on Brentford’s channels read

: "As a group of players, we have decided we will no longer take a knee before the start of matches. This will begin when we face Barnsley tomorrow, Sunday 14 February.

"This decision has come after lengthy discussions as a group. We have been taking a knee before games since June but, like many of our fellow players at other clubs, no longer believe that this is having an impact. We believe we can use our time and energies to promote racial equality in other ways.

"We have experienced racist abuse first hand and have also seen some appalling comments made to other players past and present.

"There is a clear need to continue to push for an end to all discrimination and, as players, we will be part of that at Brentford FC, in football in general and in the wider community.

"Togetherness is one of our key values as a group and plays an important role in helping us move towards reaching our goals. Racism is the opposite of what we stand for. As players, we will show our commitment to Togetherness and racial equality on and off the pitch between now and the end of the season, and beyond.


source: SportMob