Premier League players to take the knee in selected matches only this season

The Premier League reaffirmed its commitment to battling racism and all forms of discrimination, but the competition also confirmed that players will no longer take the knee ahead of every match.

The gesture first started in June 2020 as the league showed its support for the Black Lives Matter campaign.

However, kneeing will now be used in specific games throughout the season as the organisation looks to "amplify the message that racism has no place in football or society".

Captains of all 20 Premier League clubs agreed to perform the act ahead of this weekend's opening round games.

Players will also knee in 'No Room for Racism' dedicated match which will take place in October, Boxing Day, March, the final round of the season and the FA Cup and Carabao Cup finals.

In a joint statement, all Premier League captains said: "We have decided to select significant moments to take the knee during the season to highlight our unity against all forms of racism and in so doing we continue to show solidarity for a common cause.

"We remain resolutely committed to eradicate racial prejudice, and to bring about an inclusive society with respect and equal opportunities for all."

Up to £238,000 will be donated to youth clubs on behalf of the captains following money raised from the 'No Room For Racism' sleeve badges sold on club shirts during last season. The Premier League also matched the figure.

Over in the EFL, Bristol City and Swansea both revealed they will no longer take the knee, saying the act had been diluted.

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