CRYSTAL PALACE take on Everton tonight in the Premier League. And Eagles star Wilfried Zaha will opt to NOT take the knee before kick-off. E
CRYSTAL PALACE take on Everton tonight in the Premier League.
And Eagles star Wilfried Zaha will opt to NOT take the knee before kick-off.
Wilfried Zaha has become the first Premier League player to opt not to take the knee since the gesture was introduced[/caption]
Why is Wilfried Zaha not taking the knee?
The Crystal Palace forward Zaha has said he will no longer the knee before games.
Zaha, 28 said: “I’ve said before that I feel like taking the knee is degrading and stuff because growing up my parents just let me know that I should be proud to be black no matter what and I feel like we should just stand tall.
“I feel like taking the knee now, it’s becoming… we do it before games and even sometimes people forget that we have to do it before games.
“Trying to get the meaning behind it, it’s becoming something that we just do now and that’s not enough for me. I’m not going to take the knee.
“We’re isolating ourselves, we’re trying to say that we’re equal but we’re isolating ourselves with these things that aren’t even working anyway, so that’s my stand on it.”
Since Project Restart of the football system last year, players and staff at Premier League and EFL matches have been taking a knee before kick-off to show support for the global anti-racism movement.
A number of teams in the EFL are now choosing not to perform the gesture but Zaha is the first Premier League player to opt to remain standing.
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