Chelsea left-back, Marcos Alonso, has explained why he will no longer take the knee before matches.
Premier League players have been doing the gesture in a bid to stop racism but Alonso believes it has now lost its impact.
Alonso hasn’t taken the knee in any of his six Premier League appearances and Champions League appearances so far this season, and he confirmed he will instead make his own gesture.
“I am fully against racism and I am against every type of discrimination, and I just prefer to put my finger to the badge where it says ‘No to Racism’, like they do in some other sports and football in other countries,” Alonso said, according to the telegraph. “I prefer to do it this way and of course, to say very clearly that I am against racism and I respect everybody.”
Questioned whether his decision had anything to do with politics, the Chelsea left-back said: “I don’t know, I just prefer to do it this way. It’s my way to do it; I think it’s another way. And maybe I think it’s losing a bit of strength the other way, so I just prefer to do it this way and to show that I am fully supportive of fighting against racism.”
On Sunday, Alonso played the full 90 minutes against Tottenham and he played a key role to help Chelsea beat the home team. He was booed by the home supporters, something that didn’t bother Alonso at all.
“I love it! To be booed when you play away, it’s the music to my ears,” Alonso said. “It might be because I have scored a few goals against them and I think maybe they have these memories in their head when I touch the ball, so yeah I love it and even more when we get the three points”.
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