Bournemouth will NOT take the knee within the Premier League this season – as Cherries determine to stay with their stance from February 2021 after feeling gesture had ‘run its course’ and was ‘not having the impact it first did’
The Cherries squad stopped making the pre-match gesture in February 2021, whereas within the Championship, and won’t change their stance no matter their return to the highest flight after a two-year absence.
Led by captain Steve Prepare dinner on the time, Bournemouth introduced: ‘Combating all types of discrimination and creating an equal, inclusive society is one thing that we really feel very passionately about.
‘However that’s outlined by far more than a gesture, which we really feel has run its course and is not having the impact it first did eight months in the past.’
Whereas Bournemouth respect different golf equipment’ needs to probably go in several instructions, they really feel their squad’s resolution from final yr nonetheless stands and haven’t any plans to carry out a U-turn. Prepare dinner has since left for fellow promoted facet Nottingham Forest.
As Premier League golf equipment deliberate about how commonly they may carry out the gesture, increasingly more golf equipment outdoors the highest flight have began to make their very own bulletins. One of many newest groups to substantiate they won’t take the knee this season is Swansea Metropolis, who’ve stated they wish to concentrate on different methods to boost equality.
Bournemouth gamers will not take the knee earlier than kick-offs within the Premier League this season
Erling Haaland (left) and Trent Alexander-Arnold took the knee forward of the Group Protect
‘Taking the knee has undoubtedly helped to boost consciousness and encourage conversations about the best way to take away racism from the sport all of us love,’ Swansea stated in an announcement. ‘
Ought to any opposition facet take the knee earlier than a sport this season, then we’ll line up and applaud them, as a result of we completely assist the sentiment behind it.’
Fellow Championship facet Bristol Metropolis have additionally confirmed they won’t take the knee this season. ‘We’ve taken the knee at each sport now we have performed since June 2020 as an vital stance of solidarity within the battle towards all types of discrimination,’ they stated.
‘That battle should proceed on daily basis in how all of us behave and contribute to society and we’ll applaud opposition groups who take the knee and lift consciousness whereas making certain that now we have a zero-tolerance method to hate and abuse.’
Swansea’s gamers (Andre Ayew pictured in October 2020) confirmed they ‘collectively determined’ to cease taking the knee earlier than video games
Nigel Pearson’s Bristol Metropolis facet have additionally determined to not take the knee going ahead