Brentford confirm their players will take the knee this season


rentford have confirmed they will take the knee ahead of their matches this season.

The club, who will be competing in the Premier League for the first time this year, have not done so since February as they felt the gesture had lost its impact.

Their stance, however, has changed ahead of the new season as they believe the collective of all clubs taking the knee will send a strong message.

The Premier League confirmed on Tuesday that all clubs would take the knee and Brentford have agreed to join in the show of support against discrimination.

Striker Ivan Toney, however, will not take the knee as he continues to make his own personal statement before matches this season.

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has taken a similar stance and Brentford say Toney has their full support.

“Brentford FC can confirm that our players will take the knee before all First Team matches in the coming season,” said the club in a statement.

“Our players and staff held meetings to discuss whether or not to take the knee at kick-off, having not done so since February.

“We believe that in the upcoming season the collective cause of tackling discrimination and racism will be best served by acting in unison and solidarity with all our fellow Premier League teams, as was outlined in a statement from the Premier League yesterday, which can be seen here. A joint statement from the football authorities followed this morning.

“Taking the knee will not on its own solve the problem of racism but it will continue to draw attention to the discrimination that exists within football, as well as society generally.

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