Luton confirm players will not take a knee before games over fears gesture ‘misrepresented as a political statement’

Luton players will not take a knee before matches at the start of the 2021/22 season, the club has confirmed.

The decision, reached unanimously by the players, has been taken because the club fears the gesture has been “misrepresented as a political statement.”

The Championship side will stand collectively in the centre circle before their games and will respect the decision of other clubs who wish to continue to take a knee.EFL Essential reading

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    Luton's players were united in their decision not to take a knee

    A Luton club statement read: “We can confirm that our players have made a united decision to not take the knee before matches at the start of the 2021/22 season.

    “The squad have discussed at length the advantages and disadvantages of continuing the gesture, and collectively feel that their intention of making a visual symbol of their support for the fight against racism, inequality and injustice has been misrepresented as a political statement.

    “They do not wish for this gesture to become a catalyst for negativity, and instead plan to stand together around the centre circle in support of all other teams who choose to do so.

    “We ask that supporters respect the decisions that have been taken with great consideration by our players, and our opponents, as Luton Town Football Club continues to play its part in keeping the fight against all forms of discrimination at the top of the agenda.


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    Title: Luton confirm players will not take a knee before games over fears gesture ‘misrepresented as a political statement’
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    Published Date: Fri, 06 Aug 2021 21:50:00 BST

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