Marcos Alonso to stop taking knee before games

Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has stopped taking a knee before matches.

Marcos Alonso thinks the anti-racism gesture is “losing a bit of strength”.

Instead, the 30-year-old Spaniard says he prefers to stand and point to the No To Racism badge on his shirt sleeve.

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha was the first Premier League player to stop taking a knee.

“I am fully against racism and I’m against every type of discrimination,” Alonso said.

“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.”

Players began taking the knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

It came after the Premier League’s 100-day hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic in June 2020.

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