The act of taking the knee has been a regular sight pre-match for the past year
The English Football League (EFL) is reaffirming its support to any player and/or staff who wish to take the knee during the 2021/22 season.
The new campaign begins on Friday, when Bournemouth host West Brom in the Championship.
Players and coaching staff have taken the knee for over a year as an act of protest against racism and inequality.
Throughout the coming season, the EFL will be promoting a new ‘Together Against Discrimination’ matchday message which will see all 72 clubs adopting a unified position on a matchday reiterating that racism, discrimination and abuse is not welcome in our game or in our communities.
EFL Chief Executive Trevor Birch said: “The EFL takes the issue of tackling racism and discrimination, in all its forms, very seriously, but we must always strive to do more.
“That is why we commissioned an independent research on the issue of anti-discrimination on a matchday to help inform our approach.
“We have heard the message from players who wish to take the knee loud and clear, and they have the EFL’s support. Likewise, we support any individuals who take a stand against prejudice in other ways, and we must show respect and support to our clubs and players whichever way they choose.
“Both within the EFL and across the wider game we are committed to working collectively as we are stronger when we all work together against discrimination.
“The message is clear – prejudice and abuse – whether in the street, in the stadium or online has no place in society – and the EFL will not accept it. Football is a game with many opinions. But those who do not share our opinion on removing racism and discrimination from our game are not welcome.”
Some clubs have opted to not continue taking the knee, but still support the message.
Sheffield Wednesday boss Darren Moore said last week: “I believe the players are not taking the knee but the message is clear, we support everything about it and what it is.
“What we’re saying is, enough is enough, of the talking, the gesture. We want to see action now.”
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