Marcos Alonso becomes latest Premier League player to stop taking the knee

Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso will no longer take a knee before Premier League games.

Players have been taking a knee prior to Premier League games since June 2020 in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the Spanish wing-back gave his thoughts on it.

“I am fully against racism and I’m against every type of discrimination. I just prefer to put my finger to the badge where it says no to racism like they do in some other sports and football in other countries. I prefer to do it this way and, of course, to say very clearly that I am against racism and I respect everybody,” Alonso said to Chelsea’s official media channels.

Asked if his decision was a political one, he said: “I don’t know. I just prefer to do it this way. It’s my way to do it, I think it’s another way. And maybe I think it’s losing a bit of strength the other way, so I just prefer to do it this way and to show I am fully supportive of fighting against racism.”

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