Brentford revealed that they will take the knee ahead of the start of the new Premier League campaign. In February, the Brentford players stopped taking a knee as they said that the gesture “no longer having an impact”. Wilfried Zaha was the first premier league player to refuse to take a knee. He later revealed that the gesture was degrading. The Premier League released a statement that they backed the gesture prompting the newly-promoted club to have a rethink.
“Brentford FC can confirm that our players will take the knee before all first-team matches in the coming season,” newly-promoted Premier League Brentford said in a statement. ”Our players and staff held meetings to discuss whether or not to take the knee at kick-off, having not done so since February. We believe that in the upcoming season the collective cause of tackling discrimination and racism will be best served by acting in unison and solidarity with all our fellow Premier League teams, as was outlined in a statement from the Premier League yesterday.”
“Taking the knee will not on its own solve the problem of racism but it will continue to draw attention to the discrimination that exists within football, as well as society generally. We all saw the support that the act of taking the knee received from fans before matches during Euro 2020.” the statement added. “With fans now back at stadiums for the upcoming season, we want to play our part in keeping the fight against discrimination at the forefront of the agenda.”