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Brentford players decide to stop taking the knee before matches

  • Squad believe anti-racism gesture has lost impact
  • Wilfried Zaha has described practice as degrading

Brentford’s players have announced they will no longer take the knee before matches, starting with Sunday’s game against Barnsley.

The pre-match gesture in support of the Black Lives Matter movement has been a constant part of football since games resumed in June after the first coronavirus lockdown. Racist abuse of footballers has been widespread in recent weeks and Brentford’s squad believe the demonstration is no longer having an impact.

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