The Premier League have announced that all the matches played between October 8 and October 16 will be dedicated to the ongoing No Room for Racism campaign.
All 20 fixtures held during that time will see players take a knee ahead of kick-off to show their unity against all forms of racism.
The message is intended to highlight the league’s and the clubs’ ongoing commitment to tackling discrimination and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.
It is explained that ahead of the campaign, all 20 Premier League captions selected some significant moments to take a knee.
Apart from the aforementioned dates, players will also take the knew during the Boxing Day fixtures after the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, on the final game of the season, as well as during the FA Cup and EFL Cup finals.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters made it clear that the league and all clubs are fully committed to addressing discrimination within all levels of the game.
He said: “Fighting racism and all forms of discrimination is always a priority for the Premier League and our clubs. We urge everybody to play their part and demonstrate that racial prejudice is not acceptable in football or wider society.
“We support the decision made by players to take the knee at specific moments during the season and we will use these matches to further promote anti-discrimination and educate fans.
“We continue to work hard to address discrimination and improve opportunities within the game, in line with our No Room For Racism Action Plan.
“We know more can be done to remove barriers to make football more inclusive, and that football will benefit from greater diversity across all areas of the sport.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I believe the Premier League have a duty to reinforce its message of standing against racism and all forms of discrimination.
One can argue that the move to take the knee during some significant movements in the season, could have a greater impact than doing so ahead of every single game, as the latter seemed to lose a little of its meaning.
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