English Premier League teams will no longer kneel before every match

The decision was made as a result of meetings between the league and the captains of the top divisions, who consulted with their teams.

“The players have chosen to use certain moments during the upcoming campaign to take a knee to reinforce the message that racism has no place in football or society,” the league said in a statement.

“The Premier League supports the decision of the players and, together with the clubs, will use these opportunities to raise anti-racist messages as part of the League’s No Racism Action Plan.

“Players will kneel during the first round of the season’s No Room for Racism rounds in October and March, Boxing Day matches following the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, Premier League matches on the final day championship. season and the FA Cup and EFL Cup finals.

The player-led initiative has taken place before every match since June 2020 to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police sparking global protests.

The gesture drew criticism from some fans and politicians, including UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, who accused the England team of engaging in “gesture politics” by kneeling during Euro 2020 games and said fans have the right to boo them. GB News estimate in June 2021: “Frankly, it’s their choice.”

The 2022/23 English Premier League season will begin its 30th anniversary on 5 August when Arsenal travel to Crystal Palace for the London derby.

In a statement, Tony Burnett, CEO of anti-racist group Kick it Out, said: “Kneeling is a player-initiated gesture. Players do this to emphasize the fight for racial equality and for that. , he certainly kept the focus on the issues that football and society at large still face.

“The purpose of symbols and gestures is to use platforms to show those in power that they need to take action. These gestures and symbols will inevitably change over time.

It’s not about the symbols and gestures themselves, but about what they mean. We don’t have to talk about whether the players kneel. We should talk about why they kneel. We need to talk about the inequality and discrimination that this gesture highlights.”