The EFL pledged its support for taking a knee ahead of games prior to the start of the new season. They released a statement that confirmed it was firmly behind players doing so as it was a simple act against racism. The Championship, League One, and League Two are set to start this weekend with the Premier League set to kick off a week later.
“Ahead of the weekend’s opening round of league fixtures, the EFL is reaffirming its support to any player(s) and staff who wish to take the knee during the 2021/22 season.” the EFL said in a statement addressing players taking a knee. “For over a year, players have made the personal choice to perform this simple act of protest against racism and inequality, helping shine a light on these issues in society and continue a conversation that has been heard across the world.”
“The impact of football on and off the pitch is unquestionable. We know first-hand how it can change communities and societies for the better. And where players choose to take the knee to oppose discrimination, they have support from the league.” the statement added. “Players have repeatedly said their protest is not about ideology or political affiliations and we ask that any player that wishes to express themselves in this way are respected.”
The EFL also revealed plans for the promotion of their ‘Together Against Discrimination’ message. All clubs will adopt a unified position against racism.