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Alexandre Lacazette Stared Down Slavia Prague Players While Taking the Knee Before Europa League Clash

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Alexandre Lacazette was praised for staring down Slavia Prague as Arsenal took the knee
Alexandre Lacazette was praised for staring down Slavia Prague as Arsenal took the knee / MICHAL CIZEK/Getty Images
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Alexandre Lacazette took the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement along with the rest of his Arsenal team-mates prior to their Europa League clash with Slavia Prague, whose players chose to stand instead of doing the same.

The hosts saw one of their players handed a 10-match ban by UEFA for "racist behaviour" towards Rangers' Glen Kamara in the previous round. But they refused to take the knee in support of the BLM movement, while Lacazette, who was stand-in captain on the night, took a few steps forward, and kneeled in front of the entire Slavia line-up in a stand against racism, with his team doing the same behind him.

When asked about the gesture, Arteta explained that his players had requested permission to make a stand. "They asked me and the club that they wanted to take that initiative," he added. "They had the right reasons for it, so the club was very supportive. I was supportive and thankfully the referee, and UEFA, they've been supportive. So I think it was a good gesture.

"They came to me, they wanted to take that initiative. We spoke with the club to make sure that we could follow the rules of UEFA and we can do it in the right way. We decided to take that approach, which I really like from the players, and I must say that UEFA was very supportive as well. The captains came to me and asked me to do that, and I just supported them like the club did."

Lacazette's image went viral on social media, with fans describing the picture as "more powerful than 1,000 words".

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