The Dundee United squad stood prior to their Scottish Premiership victory over Aberdeen and Motherwell did the same in their loss to Kilmarnock. Both clubs have confirmed they will no longer take the knee before games as they responded to alleged racist abuse suffered by Rangers’ Glen Kamara by Slavia Prague player Ondrej Kudela.
A Well statement from the players reads: “When we started taking the knee at the start of the season, it had an impact. For the first few weeks, the message was loud and clear. Now it has been lost.
“Taking a knee has become something someone does now for the sake of it. It has completely lost its meaning. As a squad, we spoke and asked ourselves ‘why are we doing this anymore? Is it having any impact at all?’. The answer was a clear no.
“Taking a knee has become an empty gesture. Instead, we want those in power to take real and immediate action on racism. Apathy and complacency have set into the routine. We want our actions to cause a realisation and a reaction.
“Racism is apparent everywhere in the day-to-day life of society. People need to realise change is required. Players, clubs, authorities and society now need to unite, and fight for a level playing field for all.”
Dundee United added: “We stand today with Glen Kamara, and others who suffer at the hands of racism. Today’s decision to stand rather than take the knee is a show of solidarity by our players to enhance the message that racism in any form is unacceptable and has no place anywhere in society.”
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