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Wilfried Zaha Becomes the First Premier League Player to Say He Won't Be Taking the Knee Anymore

Mudeet Arora
Wilfried Zaha taking the knee against Everton in the Premier League
Wilfried Zaha taking the knee against Everton in the Premier League / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Crystal Palace hitman Wilfried Zaha is the first Premier League footballer to confirm that he won't be taking the knee going forward, stating he will 'stand tall' instead.

Zaha is of the opinion that the anti-racism protest, which we see before kick-offs at all Premier League matches now-a-days has lost its power and has confirmed that he won't be participating when he returns to action following a thigh injury.

"Growing up, my parents just let me know that I should just be proud to be black, no matter what, and I just think we should stand tall," Zaha said at the FT Business of Football conference per the Guardian.

He added, "I think the meaning behind the whole thing is becoming something that we just do now. That's not enough. I'm not going to take the knee."

Earlier, while speaking on the On The Judy podcast a week ago, Zaha had 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."

He continued, "When people constantly want to get me to do Black Lives Matter talks and racial talks and I'm like, I'm not doing it just so you can put 'Zaha spoke for us'. Like a tick box, basically. I'm not doing any more, because unless things change. I'm not coming to chat to you just for the sake of it, like all the interviews I've done."

Zaha concluded, "All these platforms - you see what's happening, you see people making fake accounts to abuse black people constantly, but you don't change it. So don't tell me to come and chat about stuff that's not going to change. Change it."