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Crystal Palace striker Wilfred Zaha has become the first player to refuse to take the knee in the English Premier League. The tradition of taking the knee was introduced due to constant situations of racism against Premier League players. The players would therefore take the knee before kick-off in every match as a sign to stand against racism.
However, Wilfred Zaha surprisingly refused to take the knee in Crystal Palace’s win over West Brom as he stood with his hands and folded towards his back while others took the knee.
When asked why he refused to take the knee, he stated that it has become more of a pre-match routine as players still receive countless racist attacks without anything being done.
“My decision to stand has been public knowledge for a couple of weeks now. There is no right or wrong decision but for me personally, I feel kneeling has just become a part of the pre-match routine and at the moment it doesn’t matter whether we kneel or stand, some of us continue to receive abuse“.
The issue of racism has been a huge challenge in football as players constantly receive abuses condemning their race or color from time to time. This needs to be put to an end.