In English professional football, teams will continue to kneel before kick-off to send a message against racism and xenophobia. “This common sign against all forms of racism is important,” said a joint statement by the Premier League players. Namely: “Now more than ever before.”
After the defeat in the European Championship final on penalties against Italy, the missed shooters Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka and Marcus Rashford – all players with black skin – had to endure massive hostility on social media. England’s internationals had also recently kneeled before the games, for which they received a lot of whistles and criticism, and later there was applause.
This gesture has been standard in the Premier League since last season. “The league, our clubs, players and officials continue their longstanding commitment against racism and all forms of discrimination,” said Premier League CEO Richard Masters: “Racism in any form is unacceptable. There is zero tolerance on this issue . “