Ivorian Zaha becomes first African player not to kneel before matchanyevalentine | 14.03.2021 | 0 | Sports
There was tension on the pitch on Saturday, March 13 as crystal Palace winger Wilfred Zaha refused to kneel before the match kicked off. Ivorian Zaha becomes first African player not to kneel before match
The traditional kneel by all top-flight players is to show their Anti-racism support, which is supposed to run through you this season but to Zaha all not to seem all right. He laments kneeling is waste of time because whether is done or not, the racial abuse will continue.
According to the Ivorian, there are other social ills that can be fought and won like educational campaigns. The Ivorian who has suffered racial abuses had called for education and change after he was severally targeted on social media.
Following their kick-off against West Bromwich Albion, the former Manchester United man stood as those around him took the knee. And right before the game, the 28-year-old released a statement explaining why he will not take the knee before kick-off.
“My decision to stand at kick-off been public knowledge for a couple of weeks now. “There is no right or wrong but I feel kneeling just became a part of the pre-match routine and at the moment, it doesn’t matter whether we kneel or stand. Some of us still continue to receive abuse. “I know there is a lot of work being done behind the scenes at the Premier League and other authorities to make a change, and I fully respect that, and everyone involved. I also fully respect my teammates and players at other clubs who continue to take the knee. “As a society, I feel we should be encouraging better education in schools…and social media companies should be taking stronger action against people who abuse others – not just footballers – online. I now want to focus on football and enjoy playing. I will continue to stand tall” He insisted
All members of the Blues squad knelt, but the majority of players from the club were not interested in the gesture. Also, the Marseille vs Man City Champions League tie last year experienced some confusing scenes as the Ligue 1 club refused to kneel in respect of the Black Lives Matter movement.