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'Taking the knee can't change systemic racism': Ex-footballer John Barnes supports players deciding not to kneel (VIDEO)

Added 02-22-21 11:37:03am EST - “John Barnes admits taking the knee can't "change systemic racism" and supports players finding alternatives, believing focus should be on combatting socio-political discrimination rather than isolated incidents of racial abuse.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “'Taking the knee can't change systemic racism': Ex-footballer John Barnes supports players deciding not to kneel (VIDEO)”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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Barnes’ career with Liverpool, where he was twice a league winner, and England inspired generations of youngsters and future footballers, and at the time of his retirement from international football he had won more England caps than any other black player with 79 appearances for The Three Lions.

The 57-year-old has been vocal on the issue of systematic racism that he believes has pervaded sporting institutions and the impact on sport of worldwide protests since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May 2020.

In the wake of Floyd's death, the English Premier League adopted the gesture of taking a knee before kick off aimed at promoting racial equality and to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, a decision that was almost unanimously accepted, but did not come without its detractors.

Several high profile figures Crystal Palace’s Wilfred Zaha labeled the action “degrading” and insisted black players should instead “stand tall”. Championship teamsBournemouth and Brentford announced in club statements they would no longer partake in the custom, saying it had “run its course”. 

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