PL star: I'm not going to take the knee

English Premier League

Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha says he will no longer take a knee before matches this season.

Players in the Premier League and Championship began taking a knee before matches last year in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The gesture is taken in a fight against racism, according to the Premier League, but Zaha feels the action has done nothing to cut out the abuse.

“I've said before that I feel like taking the knee is degrading and stuff because growing up my parents just let me know that I should be proud to be black no matter what and I feel like we should just stand tall," Zaha said, as per Sky Sports.

"Because I feel like taking the knee now, it's becoming... we do it before games and even sometimes people forget that we have to do it before games.

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"Trying to get the meaning behind it, it's becoming something that we just do now and that's not enough for me. I'm not going to take the knee, I'm not going to wear Black Lives Matter on the back of my shirt because it feels like it's a target.

"We're isolating ourselves, we're trying to say that we're equal but we're isolating ourselves with these things that aren't even working anyway, so that's my stand on it.

“I feel like we should stand tall and now I don't really tend to speak on racism and stuff like that because I'm not here just to tick boxes.

"Unless action is going to happen, don't speak to me about it."

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