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Brentford announce determination to cease taking knee earlier than matches, clarify causes in assertion


Brentford have introduced they may now not be taking a knee earlier than video games.

The Championship high-flyers defined the choice by posting a press release on social media and mentioned this had been the conclusion ‘after prolonged discussions as a gaggle.’

Brentford will no longer be taking a knee before games

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Brentford will now not be taking a knee earlier than video games

Their assertion learn: “As a gaggle of gamers, we have now determined we’ll now not take a knee earlier than the beginning of matches. It will start after we face Barnsley tomorrow, Sunday 14 February.

“This determination has come after prolonged discussions as a gaggle.

“We’ve been taking a knee earlier than video games since June however, like a lot of our fellow gamers at different golf equipment, now not consider that that is having an impression.

“We consider we are able to use our time and energies to advertise racial equality in different methods.

“As a gaggle we’re totally behind and happy with Brentford’s want to turn into essentially the most inclusive membership within the nation and the drive in the direction of equality beneath the #BeeTogether banner.

“We’ve skilled racist abuse first hand and have additionally seen some appalling feedback made to different gamers previous and current.

“There’s a clear must proceed to push for an finish to all discrimination and, as gamers, we shall be a part of that at Brentford FC, in soccer generally and within the wider neighborhood.

“Togetherness is considered one of our key values as a gaggle and performs an necessary function in serving to us transfer in the direction of reaching our objectives.

The Bees had been taking a knee up to now

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The Bees had been taking a knee thus far

“Racism is the other of what we stand for. As gamers we’ll present our dedication to Togetherness and racial equality on and off the pitch between now and the tip of the season, and past.

“We will even help our colleagues at different golf equipment that also wish to take a knee earlier than video games.”

Jon Varney, Brentford FC Chief Govt, added: “There have been detailed and prolonged discussions on this matter each within the taking part in group and throughout the membership.

“Taking a knee is only one approach our gamers have been displaying their dedication to racial equality. We supported their want to do it and we now help their want to give attention to different methods to point out this dedication.

“We’ve been very clear in our ambition to be essentially the most inclusive membership within the nation and our gamers wish to and can play a giant half on this journey.”





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