Bournemouth have joined fellow Championship rivals Brentford in deciding to not take the knee earlier than matches.
The pre-match gesture in help of the Black Lives Matter motion has been a relentless a part of soccer since video games resumed in June after the primary coronavirus lockdown.
Racist abuse of footballers has been widespread in current weeks, however the Bournemouth squad really feel the gesture has ‘run its course’ and is not having the impact that it initially did.
An announcement from Bournemouth captain Steve Cook dinner mentioned: “Following discussions between the squad and with senior workers members, we’ve determined to not take the knee earlier than video games, beginning this weekend towards Queens Park Rangers.
“In any respect ranges, this membership prides itself on its work round equality, range and inclusion and as a bunch of gamers we totally embrace this.
“All of us try to make sure that AFC Bournemouth is a membership which welcomes anybody, no matter their race, gender, sexuality or faith.
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“Preventing all types of discrimination and creating an equal, inclusive society is one thing that we really feel very passionately about.
“However that’s outlined by way more than a gesture, which we really feel has run its course and is not having the impact it first did eight months in the past.
“Since soccer restarted final June we’ve taken the knee earlier than each fixture. As an alternative, we’ll now stand earlier than video games; simply as we stand along with our group mates who’ve suffered racial abuse and as we stand with anybody who’s subjected to any type of discrimination.”
In the meantime, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is on the verge of turning into the brand new Bournemouth supervisor after the Championship membership requested permission from Montreal Impression to speak to the Frenchman.
talkSPORT understands Bournemouth hope to nominate Henry, the Arsenal legend at present accountable for MLS facet Montreal Impression, subsequent week.
Jonathan Woodgate has been in caretaker cost following Jason Tindall’s sacking and has overseen two wins in his first three matches accountable for the Cherries.
It’s thought the south-coast membership, who’re at present within the play-off positions, desire a younger, upcoming supervisor with big-name standing, because the likes of John Terry and Patrick Vieira have been linked with the vacant function.
Nonetheless, it seems Henry has gained the race and his appointment is starting to appear like a formality.