Soccer News: Premier League clubs will continue to kneel in the 2021-22 season

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All 20 Premier League clubs will continue to kneel during the 2021-22 campaign to highlight their opposition to racism.

The players got on their knees before the kick-off of matches from June 2020 in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Since the fans’ return in late 2020-21, there have been cases of anti-racism boos.

Brentford, then a league side, stopped participating in the gesture in February as they felt it no longer had the required impact.

However, the newly promoted club – who will face Arsenal in their season opener on 13 August – have agreed to take part in next season.

A statement released by players on behalf of the Premier League on Tuesday reads: “We feel now, more than ever, that it is important for us to continue to kneel as a symbol of our unity against all forms of racism.

“We remain firmly committed to our single goal of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists, to achieve a global society of inclusion, respect and equal opportunity for all.”

The Premier League added that it “wholeheartedly supports” the decision, with players and match officials continuing to wear “No Room For Racism” badges on their shirts throughout the 2021-22 campaign.

Division Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “The Premier League, our clubs, players and match officials have a longstanding commitment to fighting racism and all forms of discrimination.

“After the meeting of our club captains, this collective commitment has been reaffirmed and the Premier League will continue to support the strong voice of the players on this important issue.

“Racism in any form is unacceptable and ‘No Room For Racism’ makes our zero tolerance position clear.

“The Premier League will continue to work with our clubs, players and football partners to make tangible changes to remove inequality from our game.”

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