Premier League Players To Take A Knee For Two Weekends

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Crystal Palace's Cheikhou Kouyate, right, and Norwich City's Sam Byram battle for the ball during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Norwich City at Selhurst Park, London, Tuesday Dec. 28, 2021. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)

To demonstrate their opposition to racism, Premier League players will take a knee before the start of the league games this weekend.

Between February 11 and February 19, the No Room for Racism campaign will be highlighted in Premier League games, with Premier League players allowed to kneel before kickoff.

In June 2020, Premier League players and staff began kneeling before kickoff to show their support for the racial equality movement. This practice, however, has been halted ahead of the 2022-2023 season.

Club captains decided in August to reserve the anti-racism gesture for special occasions rather than before every game.

[Taking a knee] is more than a gesture,” said former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi. “It says we must keep working to eradicate racism.

In addition to the season opener and Boxing Day games, Premier League players stood in solidarity with the No Room for Racism campaign during two weekends in October.

While seven former Premier League players, including Ameobi, will join the Player to Executive Pathways Scheme in November 2022. (PEPS).

The pilot project exposes former players from various racial and ethnic backgrounds to club operations in order to increase diversity in Premier League leadership positions.

Ameobi said:

It’s always been an aspiration of mine to help the club and inspire the next generation.

If you don’t see yourself represented in the boardroom, it’s hard to have the confidence to be there.

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