Premier League captains ready to get rid of the knee

Premier League captains ready to get rid of the knee

Premier League captains ready to get rid of the knee

Premier League captains ready to take the knee - MARC ASPLAND

Premier League captains ready to take the knee – MARC ASPLAND

The Premier League captains will meet again this week as they prepare to cancel the unilateral decision to kneel before matches during next season.

The anti-racism gesture has been a constant feature of English football since the summer of 2020 and has been seen as a crucial symbol in the fight against discrimination against sport.

Its importance has been regularly debated and some clubs, most recently Sky Bet Championship teams Bristol City and Swansea last week, have decided to stop kneeling.

A meeting between the 20 Premier League captains took place on Thursday on whether to continue kneeling, but, after a wide variety of opinions, no final decision has been made and another meeting is planned for this week. .

The Premier League is intended to be happy to support players in whatever choice they decide. A handful of high-profile players have long refused to get down on their knees, including Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha and Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso.

Wilfried Zaha refuses to get down on his knees - RICHARD PELHAM

Wilfried Zaha refuses to get down on his knees – RICHARD PELHAM

The clubs will hold internal discussions this week, with Newcastle addressing the matter today, and a decision is expected imminent with the top flight starting on Friday when Palace host Arsenal.

Bournemouth will continue their stance of not kneeling, which has been their stance since February 2021. At the time, they explained their decision by saying, “Fighting all forms of discrimination and creating a fair and inclusive society is something we feel very much about. passionately.

“But this is defined by much more than a gesture, which we feel has run its course and is no longer having the effect it had before.”

The English players will continue to kneel before matches as they prepare for the World Cup in Qatar this November, despite the gesture being booed by sections of English fans during last summer’s European Championship.

What is sure to come back during the next term is the players who hang out together again and are able to shake hands or punch. The coronavirus pandemic has seen handshakes stop in an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus, but will again be part of the pre-game ritual.

Players will be dating again - GETTY IMAGES

Players will be dating again – GETTY IMAGES

The 2022-23 season will be another unique season with a five-week hiatus in November and December while the World Cup takes place in Qatar.

A return to Premier League action is scheduled for Boxing Day, but the league has taken steps to ensure player welfare is top priority and no team will be asked to play twice within 48 hours during the three rounds between 26 December and January 2.

Premier League clubs that still have a number of players in England have obtained permission from Fifa and the competition to organize low-profile friendlies during this period as well, but do not have to clash with World Cup matches.

The December World Cup means the league has moved on when it dedicates a round of matches to the Rainbow Laces campaign.

It usually occurs in the last month of the year and on the date closest to Rainbow Laces Day, but two rounds of matches will be dedicated to the LGBTQ + campaign on October 22-23 and October 29-30.

The Premier League will also hold two No Room for Racism campaigns during the first half of the season on September 8-9 and September 15-16.

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