In the past two years, the English Premier League has been very vocal about its stand against any form of racism and discrimination. Their players are seen taking a knee ahead of every game in the premier league.
However, from the next season onwards, this too shall change.
The premier league captains across the 20 teams met last week to discuss their stand on the situation. The gesture was adopted by Premier Lague in the 2020 restart of the season, following the tragedy of George Floyd in the United States.
Premier League captains agree to not take a knee
According to a report by the guardian, there were different views at the meeting. Also, the gesture has been seen as a political gimmick in the past year or so.
Even when the premier league has, on several occasions, made it clear that the gesture is purely to highlight the importance of equality, the meaning of the gesture has been changed.
Earlier it was reported that the captains couldn’t reach an agreement. Although they have now. And it has been decided that the gesture will be present in the game, but some limitations.
The league has decided that the gesture will be performed in the first and last round of fixtures. Furthermore, players will be seen performing it on Boxing Day and in the finals of the Carabao and FA Cup.
“We have decided to select significant moments to take the knee during the season to highlight our unity against all forms of racism and in so doing we continue to show solidarity for a common cause,” the official statement by Premier League Captains said. “We have decided to select significant moments to take the knee during the season to highlight our unity against all forms of racism and in so doing we continue to show solidarity for a common cause.”