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Players 'taking a knee' - what it means and message behind gesture

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Fans have seen their teams 'taking a knee' become a regular occurrence ever since the Premier League season restarted to conclude the 2019/20 season following the coronavirus pandemic.

His gesture of taking a knee has become a symbol of the Black Lives Matter movement, which is why it was adopted by the world of football as their own fight against racism continues.

Chauvin was eventually convicted of murder earlier this year but the incident sparked #BlackLivesMatter protests and high profile individuals opting to take the knee in a show of solidarity, with all of the Premier League agreeing to take part.

Before the Merseyside derby in June 2020, Liverpool posed for a picture following a training match at Anfield, where they took a knee around the centre circle of the pitch.

There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” The gesture had a polarising effect in the US, with some critics saying it was disrespectful to American soldiers and the American flag.

It was popularised in 2016 by American football player Colin Kaepernick, who famously knelt during the US national anthem before playing for the San Francisco 49ers against San Diego Chargers in a powerful protest against police brutality.

"I am not going to get up to show pride in a country that oppresses black people and people of colour,” the San Francisco quarter-back said.
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