We want to keep getting down on our knees! Football players remain "overwhelmingly" at the "act of solidarity", even though the fans "booed" after being questioned by the PFA … who beat up the EFL and the clubs for "lack of leadership".
- A PFA survey found that players are very supportive of encouraging continued knee-take
- The poll followed a series of incidents where fans booed the gesture
- The support of the players continues this act of solidarity despite all negative reactions
A survey carried out by the professional football association showed that the players predominantly support the support for an additional knee.
The questionnaire followed a series of incidents in which fans booed the anti-racism gesture to find out how clubs, players and staff would best spread the message of equality in sport.
The results of the survey showed that the players "support this act of solidarity despite any negative reactions".
The gesture in support of Black Lives Matter was booed by Millwall fans ahead of their home game against Derby on December 5, and the players instead stood arm in arm in their next game against QPR.
During the game, QPR players Ilias Chair and Bright Osayi-Samuel took their knees to celebrate a goal against Millwall.
A PFA poll showed that the overwhelming majority of players continue to use a knee
The support of the players continues this act of solidarity despite all negative reactions
Would you like to take the knee as a squad?
Would you like to take the knee individually?
If the knee is showing resistance from fans, do you think it should be reconsidered?
Would you like an alternative to a knee?
If so, please provide details.
On Tuesday, Cambridge United manager Mark Bonner suggested the "disgusting" behavior of fans who booed when the players went down on their knees ahead of their second division win against Colchester at Abbey Stadium.
Cambridge players Harvey Knibbs and Kyle Knoyle both posted on Twitter that they were "appalled and embarrassed by the group of fans who" booed at the players who pulled a knee and said, "It's 2020 and the Action is a symbol of solidarity. "
Similar incidents have occurred at the Colchester United and Exeter City home grounds since fans returned to the stadiums in recent weeks.
A PFA statement reads: “Throughout 2020, PFA members have shown a strong understanding of the societal issues raised around the world and have used their platform to highlight the effects of racism on individuals and larger communities.
& # 39; The decision to take their knees before the games was originally made by the Premier League captains during the project restart to show solidarity with blacks who have been discriminated against around the world.
"This powerful symbol of solidarity represents the players' commitment to anti-racism and is not a confirmation of a political position." It is a peaceful act of unity that highlights an ongoing and systemic problem. & # 39;
The PFA have taken a blow at the EFL for "lack of leadership" on the matter, saying they have made it difficult for players in the three leagues.
"While the Premier League has already committed to kneeling teams for the duration of the season, players across the EFL have been in a difficult position after a lack of leadership on this issue," the PFA statement continued.
"The survey conducted by the PFA has shown that support for continuing a knee is overwhelming. We hope that the EFL and the clubs involved receive the information they need to support the players."
PFA planned EFL for "lack of leadership" as the Premier League had committed to gesticulating for a season
The pre-match kneeling gesture spread as football returned after the spring coronavirus lockdown, during which protests against Black Lives Matter spread around the world following the death of George Floyd United States were raised.
While many consider the knee a symbol of anti-racism, some football fans have questioned its links with the BLM, which in the UK has been linked to the overthrow of statues and political beliefs on the left.
Environment Secretary George Eustice called the BLM a "political movement" that does not reflect what most of us believe, following the backlash against the booing in Millwall.
The Cambridge, Bonn-based manager insisted that after the incident at his club on Tuesday night, it was all about "combating systemic racism and inequality".
He said, 'I'm disgusted, to be honest, it lights our club for all the wrong reasons.
"What was a really good game for us on the pitch was overshadowed by a really small minority who decided to boo in a moment when we were reflecting the values that everyone at our club believes in. It's just one Behavior that is unacceptable. " We don't want that at all in our club.
& # 39; Most encouragingly, the vast majority drowned them out with applause pretty quickly and were a much better reflection of our club's values.
"We work incredibly hard in the community and there is massive work highlighting all of these issues and we clearly have something to do because some people have embarrassed our club and embarrassed themselves to be honest."
He added: “What I am most pleased about is the small minority who have been booed and were soon drowned out by loud applause from the majority who understand that this is about systemic racism and inequality. We are right to support this message. & # 39;