Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has said he will no longer be on his knees before the match because he believes the anti-apartheid gesture is “losing strength”.
The Spanish left-back said he would instead show the Premier League’s ‘No Room for Racism’ badge to his hand, while other players would be on their knees before the kick-off.
As the coronavirus-application resumes and the Premier League resumes in the summer of 2020, players, officials and players are on their knees before the kick-off to show their support for the racial equality movement.
“I’m totally against racism and I’m against all forms of discrimination, and I just like to keep my finger on the badge where racism is not said, as they do in other sports and football in other countries,” Alonso said.
“I like to do it and of course, I want to say very clearly that I am against racism and I respect everyone.”
Asked if his decision to stop kneeling had anything to do with politics, Alonso said: “I don’t know, I just like to do it that way. It’s my way of doing it, I think it’s another way.
“And maybe I think it’s losing some strength in another way, so I just like to do it that way and want to show that I’m a complete supporter of the fight against racism.”
Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Jaha became the first top player to come out of the hint earlier this year, saying it was “disgraceful” to take the knee after speaking of his faith.
Speaking to media after Chelsea’s win against Tottenham on Sunday, Alonso said he had not discussed his decision with his Chelsea teammates, many of whom had been racially abused.
Reese James, Antonio Rudigar, N’Golo Kante and Romelu Lukaku have all faced abuse in recent years, with England defender James temporarily deleting his Instagram account earlier this year due to online abuse.
“No, we didn’t talk about it,” Alonso said.
“We’re in a changing room and we’re like a family. I have a very good relationship with everyone, I love everyone and so far we haven’t talked about it. I don’t think it’s necessary, but of course, if I have to talk to someone, I do too. I will say the same thing I told you and I don’t think there will be any problem. “
Alonso has confirmed he wants to maintain his position for the rest of the season, adding: “Yes, for now I like to point to the sleeve and I will do that.”
The 30-year-old, who was absent from Chelsea under Frank Lampard before the arrival of Thomas Tukel last season, started the 2021/22 campaign by starting five Premier League matches in front of England defender Ben Chilwell.
The former Bolton and Sunderland defender was given the captain’s armband, a high honor shown to Tuchel Alonso for beating Chelsea Aston Villa earlier this month.
Sunday’s 0-0 win at Spurs maintained the European Champions’ unbeaten start to the season, this time with four wins and a draw from a tough opening schedule.
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