Brentford’s players have announced they will no longer take the knee before matches, starting with Sunday’s
game against Barnsley.
A statement posted on the Championship club’s website and Twitter feed read: “As a group of players,
we have decided we will no longer take a knee before the start of matches. saying that they believe the
gesture is ‘no longer having an impact’.
The decision comes just days after Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha said it was ‘degrading’ for black players
to have to take the knee to ‘show that we matter’.
The Brentford players’ statement read: “We have been taking a knee before games since June but,
like many of our fellow players at other clubs, we no longer believe that this is having an impact.
“We believe we can use our time and energies to promote racial equality in other ways.
“As a group, we are fully behind and proud of Brentford’s desire to become the most inclusive club in the country
and the drive towards equality under the #BeeTogether banner.
“We have experienced racist abuse first hand and have also seen some appalling comments made to other
players past and present.
“There is a clear need to continue to push for an end to all discrimination and, as players, we will be part of that
at Brentford FC, in football in general, and the wider community.
“Racism is the opposite of what we stand for.
“As players, we will show our commitment to togetherness and racial equality on and off the pitch between now
and the end of the season, and beyond.