England captain Harry Kane believes Premier League stars should continue taking the knee before games in support of the fight against racial injustice.
The English Premier League started the practise of the symbolic kneeling gesture before kick-off when football resumed after the coronavirus break last season.
The practise has continued into the current campaign and the Tottenham skipper believes the game is “a huge platform to share our voices across the world”.
“Obviously we have done a lot with Black Lives Matter and taking the knee before games. I hear people talking about taking the knee and whether we should still be doing it, and for me, I think we should,” he told BBC.
The scourge has not only affected ordinary black people across the world, but black footballers, including Africans and their South American counterparts, are dealing with a rise in vicious abuse at stadiums and on social media.
Kane is convinced football supporters are seeing the same gesture repeated every week but it was important to educate new fans. “I think if you look around the world, you see children watching the game for the first time, seeing us all take a knee and asking their parents why — I think it’s a great chance for people to explain why,” he added.
“I think education is the biggest thing we can do. Adults can teach generations what it means, and what it means to be together and help each other, no matter what your race.”
Kane was England skipper in October last year when their 6-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Bulgaria in Sofia was marred by racist chanting by home supporters. “Myself, I’ve never been racially abused, I don’t know how that feels,” he said.
“But my role is just to be there as a captain, a team-mate and a friend. You want to be there for them, to listen to them and talk to them. As a player, I was embarrassed to be on that pitch and see that abuse to my friends and team-mates. I was proud of how everyone wanted to carry on and show on the pitch that we wanted to win.”
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By FARPost Reporter