Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso says he will no longer kneel before matches because he believes the anti-racism gesture is “losing power”.
The Spanish left-back says he will instead point to the Premier League ‘No Room’ for Racism’ Badge on his sleeve, while others players kneel forward of stairoff.
Since the resumption of the Premier League in the summer of 2020 after a break enforced by the coronavirus, players, officials and employees of games have taken a knee for the kick-off until show support for the movement for racial equality.
“I am totally against racism and i am against any type of discrimination, and I just rather put my finger on the badge where it is says no to racism like they do in another sports and football in other countries’ said Alonso.
“I’d rather do it like this way and, of of course, to say very clearly that I am against racism and I respect everyone.”
Wanted of to be decision to stop met taking the knee had something to do with politics, Alonso said: “I don’t know, L just rather do it like this way. It is my way to do it, I think it’s something else way.
“And maybe I think it loses a little of good luck the other way, so I just rather do it like this way and to show I’m completely behind of fight against racism.”
Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha became the first top flight player choose for out of the gesture, rather this year, after expressing his belief that taking a knee is “humiliating”.
alonso, who spoke met the media after Chelsea’s victory over Tottenham on Sunday, said he hadn’t spoken over to be… decision with each of are Chelsea team-enjoyed, several of die have been victims of discrimination.
Reece James, Antonio Rudiger, N’Golo Kante and Romelu Lukaku have it all faced to abuse in recent years, with English defender James temporarily deletes his Instagram account earlier year because of the scale of online to abuse.
“No, we don’t have any over spoken,” Alonso said.
“We are in the dressing room and we are like An family. I have a very good relation with everyone i love everyone and up so far we haven’t got it yet over had. I don’t think there is one need to, but, of of course, if I have to speak anyone, I will say the same I just told you and I don’t think there will be problems.”
Alonso confirmed he intends to maintain his position for the rest of the season, adding, “Yes, for now I’d rather point to the sleeve and that’s what I’m going to do.”
the 30-year-old, who has fallen out of favor at Chelsea under Frank Lampard for Thomas Tuchel’s arrival last season, has made a strong start to the 2021/22 campaign, starting met all five Premier League games forward of England defender Ben Chilwell.
the high esteem in die Tuchel detains Alonso was stressed by the former Bolton and Sunderland defender are given the captain’s armband when Chelsea defeated Aston Villa earlier this month.
Sunday 3-0 win at Spurs maintained the European champions’ unbeaten start to the season, where they took four wins and a draw after a tough opening schedule.
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