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Chelsea star Marcos Alonso says he’s no longer take the knee as gesture “losing strength”

Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has defined why he’ll now choose to point on the ‘No Room for Racism’ badge on his sleeve, slightly than proceed taking the knee, to indicate support for racial equality

Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso will not take a knee before Premier League fixtures – as an alternative choosing to point on the No Room for Racism badge on his sleeve.

The Spain star has began all 5 league outings under Thomas Tuchel this season, and has till know opted to go down on one knee alongside his team-mates.

Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha was the first top-flight player to decide on not to participate with the gesture, even saying that taking a knee every week felt “degrading”.


Whereas Brentford have reversed their stance on taking a knee as a team, Ivan Toney has continued to stand, whereas supporting the opinions of his team-mates and rivals.

Talking of his resolution this week, Alonso said: “I’m totally against racism and I am in opposition to each kind of discrimination, and I simply want to place my finger to the badge where it says no to racism, like they do in some other sporting activities and football in different nations.

“I want to do it this fashion and, in fact, to say very clearly that I’m against racism and I respect everyone.”

One related instance is Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, who decided to point to the Respect badge on his sleeve as England took the knee ahead of their World Cup qualifier earlier this month.

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Including when asked if he had any political motivation Alonso added: “I do not know, I simply want to do it this fashion. It is my approach to do it, I believe it is one other method.

“And possibly I believe it is dropping a little bit of power the other way, so I simply want to do it this fashion and to indicate I’m totally supportive of combating against racism.”
Talking of his personal resolution to stand earlier in the season, Toney informed talkSPORT: “The club decided, it was a tough one for them to make, however I really feel like if you happen to strongly agree with one thing and also you stand by it then do what you suppose is greatest.

“Personally on my behalf I’m clearly going to stay standing as a result of my beliefs don’t change, whether or not it’s the Championship, Premier League or the Conference .

“I nonetheless believe in what I believe in and I’ll proceed to take action. When it comes to making a distinction I’ll do what I believe I have to do in the background.

“Whether or not the players are going to stay to do what they need to do as effectively, which I stand by. I’m certain the club and my family are backing me all the way in which.”


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