Premier League players will continue to take the knee in the 2021/22 seasons, saying more than ever, it is important that they keep highlighting racial injustice.
The English Football League, which controls the three divisions below the Premier League, had earlier announced its ongoing support for the gesture and the Premier League subsequently said players and match officials would wear ‘No Room For Racism’ badges on their shirts.
A statement issued on behalf of Premier League players said: “We feel now, more than ever, it is important for us to continue to take the knee as a symbol of our unity against all forms of racism.
“We remain resolutely committed to our singular objective of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists, to bring about a global society of inclusion, respect and equal opportunities for all.”
Players have taken the knee at top-flight matches in England since football resumed last June amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The England men’s national team were booed by some of their own supporters while taking the knee in pre-Euro 2020 friendlies, but continued to do so throughout their run to a Wembley final where they lost to Italy in a penalty shoot-out.
The new Premier League season starts on August 13, with the opening round of EFL fixtures this weekend.