EXCLUSIVE: Premier League golf equipment may STOP taking the knee as captains fail to return to a collective settlement… with some questioning whether or not the gesture must be decreased or dropped – with a remaining choice due early subsequent week
- Gamers have backed the anti-racism image for greater than two seasons
- Captains met with the Premier League to debate various completely different points
- They may not come to a collective settlement over taking the knee
- A supply at one membership fears the gesture ‘had grow to be like wallpaper’
Premier League captains are set to verify whether or not they are going to proceed to take the knee subsequent season – with doubts rising whether or not the gesture has the backing of all 20 squads.
Gamers have backed the anti-racism image for greater than two seasons, taking a knee earlier than each recreation since soccer returned following the primary pandemic lockdown in 2020.
Now although some really feel as if the gesture must be dropped however a remaining choice gained’t be confirmed till early this week, forward of the brand new Premier League season. The Mail on Sunday has found that membership captains met with the Premier League on Thursday to debate various points together with taking the knee.
It’s understood a collective settlement was not reached after various membership captains questioned whether or not the gesture must be decreased or stopped after two years.
A proposal to dramatically scale back the variety of video games the place they take the knee was put ahead. It contains taking the knee for the primary spherical of video games, after which for No Room For Racism video games in October and March. Captains will talk about the difficulty with squads within the subsequent few days.
Premier League golf equipment couldn’t come to a collective settlement over whether or not to drop the taking the knee gesture as an anti-racism image
Captains of some golf equipment questioned whether or not the gesture must be decreased or eliminated
Sources near the talks consider it’s unlikely the gesture will proceed earlier than each recreation. Various gamers together with Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha have already stopped after voicing doubts the gesture remained efficient. A supply at one membership stated that ‘whereas the motive of taking the knee was good’, he feared it had ‘grow to be like wallpaper’. He added: ‘It’s higher to take affirmative motion to sort out racism.’
One other membership supply stated he believed beginning the gesture had been rushed and was not thought by way of.
He added: ‘The gamers have put themselves in a troublesome place. Some gamers are nervous that calling an entire finish to taking the knee may see them accused of withdrawing assist for tackling racism.
A remaining choice on the matter gained’t be confirmed till early within the coming week
Different golf equipment stay adamant that the gesture will stay forward of all video games. One stated: ‘We’re planning for precisely the identical as final season.’
A Premier League spokesman instructed The Mail on Sunday: ‘This will likely be a call that will likely be left to the captains and gamers. We’ll assist their needs.’