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Sport Zaha insists he'll stop taking the knee because it's 'degrading'

11:21  19 february  2021
11:21  19 february  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Zaha , who has previously taken the knee with players, said he was "100 per cent" a man of action rather than symbolism. He previously told the On The Judy podcast: "The whole kneeling down — why must I kneel down for you to show that we matter why must I even wear Black Lives Matter on the back of my top to show you that we matter? This is all degrading stuff." In August last year, the England cricket team became the first professional sports team to stop taking the knee before play.

Wilfried Zaha has become the first Premier League footballer to say he will not take a knee because he believes the protest is no longer sufficient. The Crystal Palace forward instead pledged to “stand tall” when he returns after injury. “I feel like taking a knee is degrading ,” he told the FT Business of Unless action is going to happen I don’t want to hear about it .” Brentford’ s players stopped taking the knee at the weekend after deciding football’ s anti-discrimination gesture “no longer” has impact. In September QPR’ s director of football, Les Ferdinand, said the impact of the gesture had become

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Wilfried Zaha has vowed to stop taking the knee before matches as he believes the gesture has lost its meaning.

The Crystal Palace forward, 28, believes taking the knee to show support for racial equality — as players, official and staff in the Premier League and EFL have done since Project Restart — is becoming ‘something we just do now’.

Several clubs, including Brentford last weekend, have stopped making the gesture. Brentford said in a statement that players decided to stop taking a knee as they 'no longer feel that it is making an impact'.

a football player on a field: Wilfried Zaha (right) has vowed to stop taking the knee before Premier League matches © Provided by Daily Mail Wilfried Zaha (right) has vowed to stop taking the knee before Premier League matches a group of people playing in the water: Brentford players are no longer taking the knee as they 'no longer feel it is making an impact' © Provided by Daily Mail Brentford players are no longer taking the knee as they 'no longer feel it is making an impact'

Zaha speaking at Thursday’s Financial Times’ Business of Football summit, said: ‘I’ve said before that I feel like taking the knee is degrading and stuff because growing up my parents just let me know that I should be proud to be black no matter what and I feel like we should just stand tall.

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Wilfried Zaha has reiterated his belief that taking the knee before matches is “ degrading ” and insists that on the subject of racism: “Unless action is going to happen, don’t speak to me about it .” Since project restart last summer, players, officials and staff at Premier League and EFL games have been However, racist abuse of footballers on social media has been prevalent in recent weeks and several teams, including Brentford last weekend, have stopped taking the knee before games – something Crystal Palace forward Zaha believes has become an empty gesture. “Obviously I’ve said before that I

Wilfried Zaha says he will stop taking a knee before Premier League matches because he believes the meaning of the ' degrading ' gesture has been lost. "I feel like taking a knee is degrading . Growing up, my parents let me know that I should just be proud to be Black, no matter what. I just think we should stand tall," Zaha said. Last week, Brentford said their players would no longer take a knee before matches and will find other ways to support racial equality.

'Trying to get the meaning behind it, it’s becoming something that we just do now and that’s not enough for me.

‘I’m not going to take the knee, I’m not going to wear Black Lives Matter on the back of my shirt because it feels like it’s a target. We’re trying to say that we’re equal but we’re isolating ourselves with these things that aren’t even working anyway, so that’s my stand on it.

'I feel like we should stand tall. Now I don’t really tend to speak on racism and stuff like that because I’m not here just to tick boxes. Unless action is going to happen, don’t speak to me about it.’

Zaha spoke on the day Arsenal supremo Vinai Venkatesham branded racist abuse on social media ‘the biggest problem in football’ after striker Eddie Nketiah became the latest high-profile player to be targeted.

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Wilfried Zaha has become the first Premier League footballer to declare that he will no longer take a knee before matches, saying it is time for black players to “stand tall” instead. The Crystal Palace forward said taking a knee , which has become customary before Premier League matches, had lost its impact as a gesture of protest and had become degrading for black players. The anti-racism protest began at the end of last season after the death of George Floyd at the hands of American police officers and has been observed by players and officials before the start of each Premier League match.

"I feel like taking a knee is degrading . Growing up, my parents let me know that I should just be proud to be Black, no matter what. I just think we should stand tall," Zaha told the Financial Times' Business of Football summit on Thursday. That's not enough, I'm not going to take the knee . "I'm not going to wear 'Black Lives Matter' on the back of my shirt, because it feels like it ' s a target. We're trying to say we are equal but these things are not working anyway." Last week second-tier side Brentford said their players would no longer take a knee before matches and will find other ways to support racial equality

Nketiah was urged to leave Arsenal in a racist post replying to a training picture he posted on Twitter ahead of Thursday night’s clash against Benfica.

Anthony Martial has also been targeted in the past week after abhorrent gorilla emojis and expletives were seen on his Instagram following Manchester United's 1-1 draw with West Brom.

Zaha, who has also been targeted with abuse on several occasions on social media in the past, said earlier this month that he was fed up of charades that 'mean nothing'.

Speaking on the On the Judy podcast, Zaha said: 'The whole kneeling down - why must I kneel down for you to show that we matter?

a female football player on a field: Anthony Martial was also the victim of racial abuse after Man United's 1-1 draw at West Brom with abhorrent gorilla emojis, and expletives seen on his Instagram account. © Provided by Daily Mail Anthony Martial was also the victim of racial abuse after Man United's 1-1 draw at West Brom with abhorrent gorilla emojis, and expletives seen on his Instagram account. graphical user interface, text, application: Kick It Out representative Troy Townsend slammed the abuse of Martial last weekend © Provided by Daily Mail Kick It Out representative Troy Townsend slammed the abuse of Martial last weekend

'Why must I even wear Black Lives Matter on the back of my top to show you that we matter? This is all degrading stuff.

Zaha insists it's 'degrading' to take the knee before kick-off

  Zaha insists it's 'degrading' to take the knee before kick-off The Crystal Palace winger (left) has been targeted with abuse on several occasions on social media in the past and says he is fed up of charades that 'mean nothing'The Crystal Palace winger has been targeted with abuse on several occasions on social media in the past and says he is fed up of charades that 'mean nothing'.

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It was just over a year ago this week that David Moyes and Manchester United finally decided they had perhaps had enough of Wilfried Zaha . When the talented but unreliable young winger turned up 45 minutes late for a reserve game at Salford, the reigning Barclays Premier League champions chose to Short of players because of injuries, Moyes used Zaha on a pre-season tour of Australia and Asia in 2013 and the new signing impressed. But the environs of a summer tour are far removed from the reality of daily life at a Premier League club and – once he saw him on the training ground regularly

'When people constantly want to get me to do Black Lives Matter talks and racial talks and I'm like, I'm not doing it just so you can put "Zaha spoke for us". Like a tick box, basically.

'I'm not doing any more, because unless things change. I'm not coming to chat to you just for the sake of it, like all the interviews I've done.

'All these platforms - you see what's happening, you see people making fake accounts to abuse black people constantly, but you don't change it.

'So don't tell me to come and chat about stuff that's not going to change. Change it. All that stuff that you lot are doing, all these charades mean nothing.'

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