Andros Townsend has defined the significance of soccer golf equipment persevering with to take the knee earlier than video games, after Queens Park Rangers’ change of stance.
The Championship membership has determined to not kneel earlier than video games, with director of soccer Les Ferdinand saying it’s now akin to a ‘fancy hashtag or a pleasant pin badge’.
QPR have confronted criticism over their resolution, though Ferdinand has the help of former West Ham and Chelsea striker Carlton Cole, who informed talkSPORT the the message of taking a knee ‘has worn off’ and the gesture has ‘turn into a PR stunt’.
However Townsend disagrees and insists it’s greater than only a token gesture.
The Crystal Palace winger spent years taking part in underneath Tottenham legend ‘Sir Les’ Ferdinand, who was a youth staff boss at Spurs whereas he was coming by way of the ranks.
The 29-year-old says he respects his former coach’s view and agrees along with his assertion ‘word-for-word’.
However, talking on Wednesday’s talkSPORT Breakfast, Townsend insists taking the knee is a precious instrument to teach folks on the struggle in opposition to racism, and says the message is particularly necessary for kids.
And Crystal Palace haven’t any plans to cease doing it any time quickly.
“It’s one thing all of us proceed to do as a result of it’s one thing we imagine in,” mentioned the Eagles star.
“I labored with Les for a lot of yeas in my Spurs days and I do know no person works extra for equality within the UK and to fight racism.
“I agree along with his assertion word-for-word, however I feel the one factor Les didn’t consider was the have an effect on on children.
“Youngsters are like sponges, they worship the bottom footballers stroll on.
“A fast story – one in all my teammates was in his backyard about to play soccer along with his son, and simply earlier than they began his son takes the knee and says, ‘that’s what you do earlier than a match, isn’t it?’
“So then the dad has to spend 5 or ten minutes having a extremely trustworthy and brutal dialog along with his son to try to educate him about why we take the knee.
“So even one thing like a 5 second gesture, getting down on the knee, if it may assist children perceive extra about racism and social equality from a younger age then we’re doing our job.
“Sure, for a lot of it’s a token gesture, however for youths that don’t actually perceive it may be huge for them.
“Then it’s right down to us as adults, dad and mom, aunties and uncles to have these powerful conversations, so when these younger children develop as much as be adults they’re not doing the identical issues some adults are doing one thing now, they usually’re not as uneducated as a few of us have been once we have been children, as a result of we didn’t have these powerful conversations.
“I feel that’s the massive factor, it’s educating the children from a younger age.
“I do know for a reality taking the knee has helped one younger boy perceive extra about racism around the globe, so for that motive alone it’s doing job and so we’ll proceed to do it.
“At Palace we’ll proceed to do it for so long as attainable.”