Crystal Palace and Arsenal players DO take a knee before the opening game of Premier League season

Crystal Palace and Arsenal gamers DO take a knee earlier than the opening sport of recent Premier League season – regardless of top-flight group captains selecting to restrict the usage of gesture for under ‘vital moments’

  • Arsenal and Crystal Palace stars took a knee earlier than their match at Selhurst Park 
  • Premier League gamers have agreed to carry out the gesture at sure moments 
  • But groups will present assist for anti-racism within the opening spherical of fixtures

Arsenal and Crystal Palace gamers took the knee earlier than their Premier League conflict on Friday evening – regardless of high flight stars deciding to solely carry out the gesture at ‘vital moments’. 

As Sportsmail forecast on Tuesday, the pre-match gesture will not happen earlier than each sport this season, however gamers of the Eagles and Gunners opted to indicate their dedication to anti-discrimination earlier than the primary match of the marketing campaign.

Top flight gamers are planning to take the knee in the course of the opening spherical of fixtures which started with Palace v Arsenal, after which once more on Boxing Day, the finals of the FA Cup and League Cup, the final day of the season and weeks when the No Room For Racism marketing campaign is lively in October and November. 

In a collective assertion, the top-flight captains mentioned: ‘We have determined to pick out vital moments to take the knee in the course of the season to focus on our unity in opposition to all types of racism and in so doing we proceed to indicate solidarity for a typical trigger.

‘We stay resolutely dedicated to eradicate racial prejudice, and to result in an inclusive society with respect and equal alternatives for all.’

Club skippers met per week in the past to debate a number of of points. While a quantity nonetheless supported taking the knee, there have been opposing views from some who felt the gesture had run its course.

Arsenal and Crystal Palace players took their knee before their opening Premier League clash, despite top flight stars opting to only perform the gesture at significant moments

Arsenal and Crystal Palace gamers took their knee earlier than their opening Premier League conflict, regardless of high flight stars opting to solely carry out the gesture at vital moments

Premier League clubs have decided to reduce the number of times they take the knee

Premier League golf equipment have determined to scale back the variety of instances they take the knee

A compromise has now been discovered to make sure it stays a part of the season however solely forward of sure matches. Having initially mentioned they might not be taking the knee, Bournemouth gamers will now carry out the anti-racism gesture on the times agreed.

While assist for equality stays as robust as ever amongst top-flight footballers, there was some hesitation throughout final week’s talks to make a definitive choice on the best way to proceed. 

The act of taking the knee earlier than each sport was first launched in 2020 throughout Project Restart as a present of solidarity following the brutal homicide of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis.

They will now only take the knee at 'significant moments', including on the opening weekend

They will now solely take the knee at ‘vital moments’, together with on the opening weekend

The gesture has continued regardless of criticism that the act had political connotations.

Sources have indicated to Sportsmail over the summer time that sure figures have been eager for the gesture to be scrapped as a result of it was proving too divisive.

In confirming the information, a press release learn: ‘Ahead of the brand new season, Premier League membership captains have reaffirmed their dedication to combating racism and all types of discrimination.

‘The gamers have determined to make use of particular moments in the course of the upcoming marketing campaign to take the knee, to amplify the message that racism has no place in soccer or society. 

‘The Premier League helps the gamers’ choice and, alongside the golf equipment, will use these alternatives to raise anti-racism messaging as a part of the League’s No Room for Racism Action Plan.’