Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso outlines why he is going to stop taking the knee in anti-racism gesture
Premier League takes the knee
In their battle against racism, Premier League clubs and footballers more broadly have opted to take the knee. This has been met, for the most part, with acceptance and respect, but has in some quarters been received with boos.
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However, Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has since stopped doing so, saying that:
“Growing up, my parents let me know I should be proud to be black. We should stand tall.
“With taking a knee, sometimes people forget we have to do it. It is becoming something we just do. That is not enough for me.”
Marcos Alonso becomes next to stop taking the knee
Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has since become the second Premier League player to stop taking the knee ahead of games, instead choosing to point to the no to racism badge. However, was quick to reiterate his stance against Racism.
“I am fully against racism and I’m against every type of discrimination”
“I just prefer to put my finger to the badge where it says No To Racism, like they do in some other sports and football in other countries.
“I prefer to do it this way and, of course, to say very clearly that I am against racism and I respect everybody.”
“I just prefer to do it this way. It’s my way to do it, and maybe I think it’s losing a bit of strength the other way.
“So I just prefer to do it this way and to show I am fully supportive of fighting against racism.
“For now, I prefer to point to the sleeve and that’s what I will do.”