Premier League new boys Brentford have reversed their choice not take a knee earlier than matches this season – however Ivan Toney has informed talkSPORT that he’ll proceed to face.
The Bees adopted in QPR’s footsteps by releasing an announcement in February revealing they’d cease taking the knee earlier than matches, insisting the gesture was ‘now not having an affect’ within the combat in opposition to racism.
They’ve since carried out a u-turn and confirmed they are going to proceed with the gesture because it highlights the continued subject of discrimination in soccer, and certainly wider society.
“Brentford FC can affirm that our gamers will take the knee earlier than all first-team matches within the coming season,” a membership assertion mentioned.
“Our gamers and workers held conferences to debate whether or not or to not take the knee at kick-off, having not completed so since February.
“We consider that within the upcoming season the collective reason for tackling discrimination and racism can be finest served by performing in unison and solidarity with all our fellow Premier League groups, as was outlined in an announcement from the Premier League yesterday.
“Taking the knee is not going to by itself resolve the issue of racism however it can proceed to attract consideration to the discrimination that exists inside soccer, in addition to society typically. All of us noticed the help that the act of taking the knee obtained from followers earlier than matches throughout Euro 2020.
Like Toney, Crystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha additionally stopped taking the knee final season, as a substitute urging gamers to ‘stand tall’ within the form of adversity.
And Toney will proceed that stance, as revealed in a membership assertion earlier this week, underlining his causes in an interview with talkSPORT.
“The membership decided, it was a troublesome one for them to make, however I really feel like when you strongly agree with one thing and also you stand by it then do what you assume is finest,” the previous Newcastle and Peterborough striker mentioned.
“Personally on my behalf I’m clearly going to stay standing as a result of my beliefs don’t change, whether or not it’s the Championship, Premier League or the Convention.
“I nonetheless consider in what I consider in and I’ll proceed to take action. By way of making a distinction I’ll do what I feel I have to do within the background.
“Whether or not the gamers are going to stay to do what they need to do as nicely, which I stand by. I’m certain the membership and my household are backing me all the best way.”
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Former Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford is in full help of Toney’s continued stance.
He informed talkSPORT: “I fully stand by Ivan Toney and Wilfried Zaha as a result of once you see the response that’s coming off the again of it it’s virtually serving to to gas the flames in some points.
“The explanation the gamers are doing it’s to attract consideration to the actual fact discrimination nonetheless occurs, whether or not or not it’s race, whether or not or not it’s intercourse, whether or not or not it’s desire.
“That is one thing we’re all attempting to eliminate. We don’t care how, we simply need to eradicate it right here and now, so we’re attempting to attract consideration to it.”