Has the message of ‘taking the knee’ been lost?
18 Feb 2021 09:08 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Thursday 18th February, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Has the message of ‘taking the knee’ been lost? Should it be scrapped?
Following the brutal manslaughter of George Floyd on the 31st May of last year, nations came together to show support, and condemn the mistreatment of fellow human beings based on the colour of their skin! Nine months on, and the English football authorities still insist on all 92 members taking the knee before every game, but what effect, if any is it having? What would happen to an individual player who didn't want to ? Perhaps a player, or players would prefer a silent prayer, so silent moment to reflect rather than take a position associated with submission?
Watching the International Rugby at the weekend, there were entire nations who did not take the knee, even half the England team stayed on their feet! Is it time to do away with the taking of the knee? Do individuals feel bullied what would happen to team, if they took a stand? Middlesbrough decided to stop taking the knee this season with manager Neil Warnock having his say about the changes...
I think that [standing behind an anti-racism banner rather than taking the knee] made the point more than the knee,’ said Boro boss Neil Warnock. ‘We are all of the same opinion about what we are trying to achieve. It’s just that our lads don’t think the knee is relevant, they don’t agree with the political side of that, so Britt [Assombalonga, Boro captain]
QPR's Director of football Les Ferdinand was recently quoted as saying...
The taking of the knee has reached a point of ‘good PR’ but little more than that. The message has been lost.
Footballer Wilfried Zaha described kneeling before games as “degrading”. Speaking to the On The Judy podcast, Zaha said...
The whole kneeling down - why must I kneel down for you to show that we matter? Why must I even wear Black Lives Matter on the back of my top to show you that we matter? This is all degrading stuff.
This week Brentford have become the latest club to stop taking the knee, as 'the squad believe the demonstration is no longer having an impact', and they believe 'we can use our time and energies to promote racial equality in other ways'.
Duo return to training
Striker Sam Greenwood and winger Ian Povada have both returned to training following their respective injuries. They follow Rodrigo who posted a picture of himself going through the paces at Thorp Arch on Instagram earlier in the week. There is no news yet on the fitness of Kelvin Phillips, just speculation who should replace the England International if he is still sidelined. Alfie McCalmont, Jack Jenkins and Mateusz Klich have all been mentioned this morning! Good thinking or square pegs in round holes again?
Out of the five games Phillips has missed, Leeds have only won once!
Highly rated defender quits Anfield for ER
Liverpool teenage sensation Cuba Cline has quit Anfield, and will be joining up with Scott Gardner and the Leeds academy. The 16 tear old defender has been one of the Reds brightest prospects ever since he joined the Merseyside club at the age of 10, and has represented England at U15 level. Cline took to Instagram to inform both Liverpool and Leeds United supporters that he has decided to leave the Merseyside club, where he has spent the last six years, to join the Leeds academy.
The Under-18's are currently rooted to the bottom of the division, on five points from 12 games.