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Why do footballers Kneel Before A Match? What 'Taking The Knee' Means in Sport

Sportsmen across the globe have taken a knee before the start of the first whistle as part of a quiet protest against racial inequality and mistreatment.

Protests against racism and police heartlessness have since made their way into the sports world, with many athletes expressing their support for the Black Lives Matter trend and justice for Floyd by taking a knee before a match.

Historically, kneeling has been a way to show reserved solidarity in support of human rights amid political unrest - when athletes are not anticipated to drift away from their part and stick to sports.

The activity of kneeling can be dated back to the civil rights campaign in the United States, where the likes of figures such as Martin Luther King Jr - together with other activists - kneeled after observing prayer and a group of protesters were nabbed during a parade to the Dallas County Alabama courthouse on February 1965.

American footballer Colin Kaepernick took the knee during the national anthem before a match in 2016. He said he could not stand to show dignity in the flag of a nation that antagonized black people.

Supporters who have followed the Premier League and other tournaments in England over the last year will already be accustomed to players kneeling ahead of kick-off, while the movement has been embraced elsewhere around Europe at times, too.

Taking the knee became a well-known testimony during Euro 2020 when the England squad decided to make the gesture before all of their matches in the competition.

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Taking the knee came to be a recognised characteristic of protests that broke out across the US and the rest of the globe following the murder of George Floyd.

People across the globe were motivated to kneel in solidarity following the death of the black man, who was murdered while in police custody in Minneapolis, USA.

Derek Chauvin, one of four police cops who appeared on the scene, knelt on Floyd's neck and back for 9 minutes and 29 seconds.

Non-white footballers in the world’s wealthiest league face horrible racism online. Racist match insults have not vanished. The England football team has disputed walking off the pitch rather than putting up with an insult. Footballers in Euro 2020 ought to be saluted for pre-match kneeling to show their disagreement with racism.

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