Bournemouth to stop taking knee before the matches

Sat 20 February 2021 | 10:43

Bournemouth players have announced they will not kneel before their matches as part of an anti-racism campaign anymore as they think the gesture has lost its effect.

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

Several teams have also decided to stop making the gesture before matches,


have become the latest club to announce they will no longer be taking a knee before kick-off, with captain Steve Cook stating on Friday evening.

"Following discussions between the squad and with senior staff members, we have decided to no longer take the knee before games, starting this weekend against Queens Park Rangers,"

it read


"At all levels, this club prides itself on its work around equality, diversity and inclusion and as a group of players we fully embrace this.

"We all strive to ensure that AFC Bournemouth is a club which welcomes anyone, regardless of their race, gender, sexuality or religion.

"Fighting all forms of discrimination and creating an equal, inclusive society is something that we feel very passionately about.

"But that is defined by much more than a gesture, which we feel has run its course and is no longer having the effect it first did eight months ago.

"Since football restarted last June we have taken the knee before every fixture. Instead, we will now stand before games; just as we stand together with our team-mates who have suffered racial abuse and as we stand with anyone who is subjected to any form of discrimination.

source: SportMob

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