The symbolic gesture of taking the knee before the start of every Premier League game is a form of anti-racism protest that was introduced into English football toward the end of the 2019-2020 season in solidarity with protesters who took to the street after the killing of George Floyd by a white police offer in the United States.
While the decision was initially welcomed by fans and the players, some of them are now beginning to feel that the kneeling form of protest is ineffective and more of a publicity stunt. Some players have even decided that they will no longer participate in the protest.
Here, we will be having a look at two Premier League players who have decided not to participate in the kneeling form of anti-racism protest and the reason for their decision.
1. Wilfried Zaha.
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Wilfried Zaha was the first Premier League footballer to openly confirmed that he will no longer participate in any form of anti-racism protest that involves kneeling.
The 28 years old Crystal Palace winger gave two reasons for his decision, and one of them was that taking the knee is no longer a sufficient protest against racism.
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The second reason is that he believes kneeling against racism is degrading to him as a black man. According to him, his parents taught him to be proud of his colour and to always stand tall no matter what.
2. Marcos Alonso.
(Photo credit: The Guardian).
The Chelsea fullback is the second Premier League player who has decided to stop kneeling against racism, and his reason is that the gesture has lost some of its power and value.
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According to Marcos Alonso, he is against every form of racism and discrimination but he will no longer protest by kneeling. He now prefers to point to the anti-racism badge on his shirt while others are taking the knee.
You can't blame them for pulling out from the protest considering the explanation given above. Taking the knee has become more of a political gesture than a fight against racism.
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