Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has become the latest player to stop taking the knee as a symbol of support in the fight against racism.
The Spaniard joins Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha who first decided to stop taking the knee at a point last season.
According to Alonso, the gesture is losing strength and he prefers to point to the badge on the sleeve where it is written ‘no room for racism’ before games instead.
Premier League Clubs decided to take the knee before matches as a show of solidarity with the black lives matter protest which began as a result of the brutal killing of United States citizen George Floyd by a US police officer in June last year.
Marcos Alonso: “I am fully against racism and I’m against every type of discrimination and I just prefer to put my finger to the badge where it says No To Racism, like they do in some other sports and football in other countries.”
“I prefer to do it this way and, of course, to say very clearly that I am against racism and I respect everybody. I just prefer to do it this way, it’s my way to do it, and maybe I think it’s losing a bit of strength the other way.” “So I just prefer to do it this way and to show I am fully supportive of fighting against racism. For now I prefer to point to the sleeve and that’s what I will do.”
Marcos Alonso has been a key part of Chelsea’s campaign this season as he’s started all games for the Blues, keeping 6 clean sheets, scoring once and assisting once.