Premier League club captains decide to take a knee at certain moments in the 2022/23 season
Footballers will no longer take the knee before every Premier League game, but have instead opted to take the knee at certain moments throughout the season to “reinforce the message that racism has no place in football or in society “, it said in a statement.
The gesture first began in June 2020 in solidarity for the Black Lives Matter campaign after NFL player Colin Kaepernick took his knee during the US national anthem in protest of racism.
Subsequently, the knee was taken before EFL matches, and England also took the knee before international matches.
However, over a year later and with the new season just around the corner, the 20 Premier League team captains have decided to change the frequency of the action and run it on specific days to keep the message alive.
This decision was backed by the Premier League and players and match officials will wear ‘No Room for Racism’ badges on their shirts.
In addition, £238,000 is to be donated to youth clubs on behalf of club captains after £119,000 was raised from the ‘No Room for Racism’ sleeve badges featured on club shirts last season, with the Premier League having the same amount.
When do footballers take their knees?
Rather than get on their knees before every game, the captains have opted to step up at this weekend’s opening games of the season at the No Room for Racism games, which take place in October and March, the Boxing Day games according to the world the knees to go cup is over and on the last day of the season.
The knee is also taken on the final days of the FA and EFL Cups.
what was said
In a statement from the league and Premier League captains, they said: “The Premier League supports the players’ decision and together with clubs will take these opportunities to spread the anti-racism message as part of the league’s No Room for Racism Action to improve plan.
The captains said: “We have chosen to select key moments throughout the season to take a knee to underscore our unity against all forms of racism and in doing so we continue to show solidarity for a common cause.
“We remain resolutely committed to eradicating racial prejudice and building an inclusive society with respect and equal opportunity for all.”
PFA Chief Executive Maheta Molango also released a statement Sky Sports has reported. Molango said: We have always been clear that the decision whether to take the knee should be a personal decision for each individual.
“We’ve spoken to players about it and we’ve heard they want to find a balance. You don’t want the squat gesture to become so routine that it might lose its effectiveness.
“However, they also commit to using their platform and voice to continue to raise awareness of an issue that remains extremely important, not just in England but around the world.”
When does the Premier League start?
The first round of Premier League games gets underway this weekend with Crystal Palace hosting Arsenal on Friday 5 August at 20:00 BST.