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Premier League players commit to take the knee

3 Aug 2021
Mohamed Salah takes the knee

Players will continue to show their unity against all forms of racism this season

Players from all 20 Premier League clubs will continue to take the knee ahead of matches this season to highlight their opposition to racism.

The decision to do so is wholeheartedly supported by the Premier League.

Players and match officials will also continue to wear a "No Room For Racism" sleeve badge on their shirts. This acts as a constant reminder of the commitment by the Premier League, its clubs, players and the referees' body PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) to eradicate racism.

The players said: “We feel now, more than ever, it is important for us to continue to take the knee as a symbol of our unity against all forms of racism.

"We remain resolutely committed to our singular objective of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists, to bring about a global society of inclusion, respect and equal opportunities for all.”

No Room for Racism badge

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “The Premier League, our clubs, players and match officials have a long-standing commitment to tackle racism and all forms of discrimination.

"Following our club captains’ meeting, that collective commitment was reaffirmed and the Premier League will continue to support the players’ strong voice on this important issue.

“Racism in any form is unacceptable and No Room For Racism makes our zero-tolerance stance clear. The Premier League will continue to work with our clubs, players and football partners to bring about tangible change to remove inequality from our game.”

No Room For Racism Action Plan

Since launching in March 2019, No Room For Racism has brought together the Premier League’s wide-ranging work promoting equality and inclusion and tackling discrimination across all areas of football.

Earlier this year, the Premier League announced the No Room For Racism Action Plan, which outlined a series of commitments to create greater access to opportunities and career progression for Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups in football, and actions against racial prejudice.

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