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Steps 1 to 4: Taking the knee

Press Release from the FA

Following on from the joint English Football statement published on 4 August (https://www.thefa.com/news/2021/aug/04/support-for-taking-the-knee-20210804), enquiries from several Leagues and discussions with the Alliance Representatives from various leagues including the NPL, the following position has been agreed to be adopted and is to be communicated to member clubs ahead of the 2021-22 season:

Following on from the joint English Football statement published on 4 August (https://www.thefa.com/news/2021/aug/04/support-for-taking-the-knee-20210804), enquiries from several Leagues and discussions with the Alliance Representatives from your Leagues, the following position has been agreed to be adopted and is to be communicated to member clubshttps://www.thefa.com/news/2021/aug/04/support-for-taking-the-knee-2021080 ahead of the 2021-22 season: “The Alliance Leagues applaud the decision taken by the Premier League and EFL to collectively support all players, managers and individuals who wish to take the knee ahead of matches this season.

Taking the knee is an individual choice that many players wish to make as a way of peacefully demonstrating against racism, discrimination and injustice. Consequently, the Alliance Leagues have no objection to players, match officials and technical area occupants taking the knee at their discretion. Home and away clubs that wish to do so must notify their opponents and match officials as part of the match confirmation process, and if players from one club do wish to take a knee their opponents are under no obligation to do likewise.”

 

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