Wilfried Zaha becomes the first player in the Premier League not to kneel ‘against racism’ before the start of matches, gives a strong reason


Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha decided not to kneel before the Premier League match against West Brom on Saturday afternoon.

Last month, the 28-year-old said it was “degrading” to have to get down on your knees before every game.

Zaha, who has been frequently part of racial abuse in the past, called for action, education and change after being targeted on social media last year.

And now, just before the start of the game at Selhurst Park, the former Manchester United star stood up while those around him got on their knees.

Prior to the start, Zaha issued a statement regarding his decision not to kneel before the start of today’s match.

“My decision to stay afloat has been publicly known for two weeks now,” Zaha said.

“There is no right or wrong, but I feel that kneeling has just become part of the pre-match routine and for now, it does not matter if we kneel or stand. “Some of us still get racial abuse.”

“I know a lot of work is being done behind the scenes in the Premier League and other authorities to make changes, and I fully respect that, and everyone involved. “I also fully respect my teammates and players at other clubs who continue to kneel.”

“As a society, I think we need to encourage better education in schools… and social media companies need to take stronger action against people who abuse others – not just footballers – online. “Now I want to focus on football and enjoy playing.”

“I will continue to stand on my feet,” concluded the English striker. / Telegraphy /

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