Birmingham City striker Troy Deeney believes that not enough progress has been made to stop taking a knee. Deeney played a major role in the Premier League‘s Black Lives Matter movement last season while playing for Watford. Last season players began to take a knee as a gesture towards the fight against racism. However, a number of players including Marcos Alonso revealed that they will not be doing so anymore citing that the gesture is losing its significance. Wilfried Zaha had decided not to take a knee last season as he thought the gesture was “degrading”.
“Because it still creates the conversation. Nothing has moved forward substantially where I feel that we need to stop doing that.” Birmingham striker Troy Deeney said. “I have heard that there have been small changes but to continue the equality movement that we are having, not just with racism but with all forms of discrimination. I feel that this is a gesture that doesn’t offend anybody and keeps the conversation going… why would I stop now when I haven’t seen enough to suggest that a change is evident.”
“All the bans and fines at the moment are subjective to a panel that we don’t really hear about or know who makes that decision,” he added. “If fans were racist and blatantly racist it should, in my opinion, be a minimum of a three-year ban from all grounds – not just at home games so they can go to away games and do it. From an on-field perspective, maybe six games and a £200,000 fine. Also, they have to go to educational programs but they have to be filmed [in order to] show what is actually going on. There is no point in me saying, ‘let’s go to an educational program’ but nobody knows what or who is delivering that message.”
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