Wilfried Zaha urges fellow black footballers to ‘stand tall now’

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Wilfried Zaha urges fellow black footballers to ‘stand tall now’ and stop taking the knee before games because it is ‘degrading’ and may be making them a ‘target’ for racist abuse as they continue to be attacked on social media
Wilfried Zaha has insisted he intends to stop taking the knee before games
The Crystal Palace star believes it is ‘degrading’ and isolating black players
He also said he will not wear Black Lives Matter on his back as it feels like a target
Zaha feels the gesture’s lost its meaning and that black players should ‘stand tall’

Wilfried Zaha has vowed to stop taking the knee before matches and urged fellow black footballers to do the same because he believes the gesture has lost its meaning, is not working and may even be making them a ‘target’ for racial abuse.

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’.




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