Zaha will no longer take the knee before matches

Fri 19 February 2021 | 11:23

In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, players decided to take the knee before matches. However, with racist abuse of players being continued, many feel the meaning behind the gesture has been diluted.



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“I've said before that I feel like taking the knee is degrading and stuff because growing up my parents just let me know that I should be proud to be black no matter what and I feel like we should just stand tall.

"Because I feel like taking the knee now, it's becoming... we do it before games and even sometimes people forget that we have to do it before games.

"Trying to get the meaning behind it, it's becoming something that we just do now and that's not enough for me. I'm not going to take the knee, I'm not going to wear Black Lives Matter on the back of my shirt because it feels like it's a target.

"We're isolating ourselves, we're trying to say that we're equal but we're isolating ourselves with these things that aren't even working anyway, so that's my stand on it.

“I feel like we should stand tall and now I don't really tend to speak on racism and stuff like that because I'm not here just to tick boxes.

"Unless action is going to happen, don't speak to me about it."




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