Zaha States Why He Refused To Take Knee Before West Brom Game

Wilfried Zaha has issued a statement after failing to take the knee prior to Crystal Palace vs West Brom.

He said: “My decision to stand at kick-off has been public knowledge for a couple of weeks now.  

“There is no right or wrong decision, but for me personally I feel kneeling has just become a part of the pre-match routine and at the moment it doesn’t matter whether we kneel or stand, some of us still continue to receive abuse.

“I know there is a lot of work being done behind the scenes at the Premier League and other authorities to make change, and I fully respect that, and everyone involved.    

“I also fully respect my teammates and players at other clubs who continue to take the knee.

“As a society, I feel we should be encouraging better education in schools, and social media companies should be taking stronger action against people who abuse others online – not just footballers.  

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“I will continue to stand tall.”

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