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TAKE THE KNEE: Premier League players continue to fight discrimination

Premier League players will continue to take the knee this season as they carry on fighting discrimination within sport.

On top of taking the knee, the players and match officials will wear the "No Room For Racism" logo on their shirts.

The decision to take the knee in the new season is "wholeheartedly supported" by the Premier League ahead of the new campaign.

In addition, the league released a video asking supporters to support their team and the pre-match action by the players.

The Premier League players said in a statement: "We feel now, more than ever, it is important for us to continue to take the knee as a symbol of our unity against all forms of racism.

"We remain resolutely committed to our singular objective of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists, to bring about a global society of inclusion, respect and equal opportunities for all."

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: "The Premier League, our clubs, players and match officials have a long-standing commitment to tackle racism and all forms of discrimination.

Following our club captains' meeting, that collective commitment was reaffirmed and the Premier League will continue to support the players' strong voice on this important issue.

"Racism in any form is unacceptable and No Room For Racism makes our zero-tolerance stance clear. The Premier League will continue to work with our clubs, players and football partners to bring about tangible change to remove inequality from our game."

Newly promoted Brentford, who play in the opening game of the season against Arsenal, stopped taking a knee last season but are expected to do so this campaign.

They felt the gesture no longer made an impact as it did at the start. Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha shared their sentiment as he also stopped taking a knee, labelling it "degrading".


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