Why are Premier League players taking the knee again this weekend?
Posted by  badge Boss on Oct 08
Players are once again taking the knee before games (Picture: Visionhaus/Getty Images)

Fans have noticed that players are once again taking the knee before matches this weekend.

This is just the second time this season that players have performed the gesture before games.

And viewers have been left wondering if taking the knee is back for good in the Premier League.

Here is everything you need to know about why Premier League players are taking the knee ahead of kick-off.

Why are Premier League players taking the knee?

Premier League players are taking the knee this weekend (October 8 and 9) and next weekend (October 15 and 16) as part of the league’s anti-discrimination campaign.

Other ‘No Room for Racism’ messaging will be displayed around stadiums and TV broadcasts.

The ‘No Room for Racism’ initiative and other forms of discrimination in football and wider society.

The Premier League introduced ‘No Room for Racism’ in March 2019, and several matchweeks every season are dedicated to the campaign.

When else will players be taking the knee in the Premier League this season?

Ahead of the season, to only take the knee at selected significant moments throughout the year.

Players will also take the knee on Boxing Day, future No Room For Racism campaign weeks, the FA and Carabao Cup finals and the last day of the 2022/23 season.

Players are taking the knee as part of the Premier League’s ‘No Room for Racism’ campaign (Picture: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

When did Premier League players stop taking the knee?

The Premier League decided that players would stop taking the knee every week at the end of last season.

Players first started taking the knee in June 2020 when the league returned from the first Covid lockdown, and the gesture had been present for every match up until the end of the 2021-22 season.

Footballers across Europe and the world took the knee in solidarity with the campaign after George Floyd was murdered by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the US in May 2020.

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