Premier League clubs want to STOP taking knee before games this season after captains agreed it had 'lost its gravitas' | The Sun

PREMIER LEAGUE clubs want to STOP taking the knee before matches next season following a meeting between all 20 top-flight clubs.

Since the restart of the 2020-21 campaign, teams have supported the anti-racism gesture as a direct response to the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement.

But according to Mail Plus, club captains have agreed that taking the knee prior to kick-off would only be taken in selected matches in 2022-23.

It has been said that most of the league's skippers have agreed that the gesture has 'lost its gravitas' at a meeting last week.

Though the news outlet has stated that it is not yet known how and when Premier League teams will show their support for the movement.

But it is believed that the gesture will be performed during primetime TV matches and local derbies.


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The Mail have revealed that Bournemouth will not take the knee in any fixture after insisting it has 'run its course'.

Despite an agreement being found between the club captains, it has been claimed that there remains a few skippers yet to discuss the plan with their teams.

Any decision made will be supported by the Premier League after clubs have been consulted.

An announcement could now be made regarding taking the knee before Arsenal's trip to Crystal Palace on Friday night.

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SunSport exclusively revealed in May how Prem chiefs were set to consult with senior players to decide whether to stop taking the knee.

The decision to adopt the pre-match statement came in the wake of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of policemen in the USA.

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, Brentford striker Ivan Toney and Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso have been conspicuous by their decision not to join in.

Those decisions brought the matter into focus and saw Aston Villa and England defender Tyrone Mings, a powerful advocate for social change, agreeing: “The knee is something that continually needs to be reviewed.

“Is it still powerful? Is it still making people aware?”

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