Marco Alonso claims taking a knee is ‘losing a bit of strength’ as an effective anti-racism message


Marco Alonso claims taking a knee is ‘losing a bit of strength’ as an effective anti-racism message – and Chelsea star prefers pointing to No Room For Racism badge to show ‘full support’

  • Premier League footballers continue to take the knee ahead of match kick-offs
  • The gesture was introduced with Project Restart but remained for 2021-22
  • Wilfred Zaha and Ivan Toney are two players who have shunned the gesture 
  • Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso agrees but insisted he still wants to be ‘fully supportive’


Marcos Alonso believes the anti-racism act of taking a knee is in danger of losing its impact and the Chelsea defender broke his silence on refusing to complete the pre-match ritual.

Ahead of the season, players agreed to continue making the protest — started during Project Restart — in the continued fight against racism. But Alonso is among only a handful of players who have stopped taking the knee before kick-off, joining Wilfried Zaha and Ivan Toney in standing.

Zaha called the act ‘degrading’ earlier this year and Toney said players were being ‘used as puppets’ when asked to take a knee.

Marcos Alonso prefers pointing to the No Room For Racism badge on his shirt to taking a knee 

The gesture has continued into the 2021-22 season as the Premier League's anti-racism move

The gesture has continued into the 2021-22 season as the Premier League’s anti-racism move

Alonso  said: ‘I am fully against racism and every type of discrimination. I just prefer to put my finger to the badge where it says no to racism, like they do in other sports and football in other countries.

‘Maybe it’s losing a bit of strength the other way, so I just prefer to do it this way and to show I am fully supportive.’

Alonso believes none of his team-mates have a problem with this decision, saying: ‘We haven’t talked about it. We are like a family. 

‘I have a very good relationship with everyone. If I have to speak to anyone I will say the same as I told you and I don’t think there will be any problems.’

Wilfred Zaha is among the top-flight stars who have rejected the gesture, calling it 'degrading'

Wilfred Zaha is among the top-flight stars who have rejected the gesture, calling it ‘degrading’

Alonso believes the gesture is losing its power as the Premier League continue to use it

Alonso believes the gesture is losing its power as the Premier League continue to use it 

Alonso has played a key role for Chelsea during their excellent start to the season — they are joint-top of the Premier League after five matches. 

The Spaniard insists it is the squad’s strength in depth that makes them title-contenders, adding: ‘These days there are so many games that I’m sure we’ll need everyone. 

‘It’s very tough this season and it’s going to be tough to stay up there.’



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