England stars are determined to continue taking a knee at the Qatar World Cup in a powerful statement of equality… as Premier League captains meet to discuss whether clubs will continue the gesture this season
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England players believe taking a knee at the World Cup in Qatar will still make a powerful statement of equality as the Premier League captain will discuss the matter with teammates for the first time this week ahead of the new season.
The FA will let England players decide whether to proceed with the new international season and the World Cup with a pre-match gesture.
Gareth Southgate’s team is under increasing pressure to speak out against the human rights abuses in Qatar in the lead up to the tournament.
sportsmail What understands a core group of England players still believe is taking a knee is an important and influential gesture – especially in tournaments like the World Cup.
England players have taken a knee during this summer’s Women’s European Championship and early indicators from the men’s camp suggest there is support for them to take a similar stance in Qatar.
However, the national team may be affected by whatever decision is taken by the top-flight players in the coming days.
The captains of Premier League clubs held a meeting on Thursday to discuss a range of issues, one of which was whether they should take a knee before games.
England players believe taking a knee at World Cup in Qatar will continue strong statement of equality
Sportsmail understands that a core group of England players still believe kneeling is an important and influential gesture
Gareth Southgate’s team is under increasing pressure to speak out against human rights abuses in Qatar
The likely outcome is that players will continue to do so. However, some captains are yet to discuss the matter with their teammates and have sought time to hold those talks in their clubs.
The captain will report back with his findings and a final decision will be made before the opening of the Premier League on Friday between Crystal Palace and Arsenal.
Players have succumbed to the Community Shield between Liverpool and Manchester City – but whether players decide to prolong the gesture in the Premier League will not be affected by Saturday’s clash at King Power Stadium.
The captains of Premier League clubs held a meeting on Thursday to discuss a number of issues
As a show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement following the brutal killing of George Floyd by a police officer in the US, the 2020 post-Covid project restart was introduced by top-flight teams.
The gesture continues, although there has been criticism that the act has political connotations.
sources have indicated sportsmail That summer some statistics were eager to eliminate it because it was proving too divisive.
Kneeling was introduced by top-flight teams during Project Restart in 2020