Bournemouth joins Brentford to no longer kneel before games as the championship team says ‘the gesture has run its course’

Bournemouth has joined championship rivals Brentford in deciding not to kneel again before games.

The pre-match gesture in support of the Black Lives Matter movement has been a constant part of soccer since matches resumed in June after the first coronavirus lockdown.

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Bournemouth team will no longer kneel before matches

Racist abuse of footballers has become widespread in recent weeks, but the Bournemouth team feel the gesture has ‘run its course’ and is no longer having the effect it originally had.

A statement from Bournemouth captain Steve Cook said: “Following discussions between the team and senior staff, we have decided not to kneel before games, starting this weekend against Queens Park Rangers.

“At all levels, this club takes pride in its work around equality, diversity and inclusion, and as a group of players we fully embrace it.

“We all strive to ensure that AFC Bournemouth is a club that welcomes anyone, regardless of race, gender, sexuality or religion.


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“Fighting against all forms of discrimination and creating an equal and inclusive society is something we are passionate about.

“But that is defined by much more than a gesture, which we feel has run its course and is no longer having the effect it first had eight months ago.

“Since football was restarted last June, we have knelt before every game. Instead, now we will be before the games; just as we join our teammates who have suffered racial abuse and at the same time we support anyone who is subjected to any form of discrimination.

Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is about to become Bournemouth’s new manager after the championship club requested permission from the Montreal Impact to speak to the Frenchman.

Thierry Henry appears to have beaten former Arsenal teammate Patrick Vieira at the Bournemouth post

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Thierry Henry appears to have beaten former Arsenal teammate Patrick Vieira at the Bournemouth post

talkSPORT understands that Bournemouth hopes to name Henry, the Arsenal legend currently in charge of the MLS Montreal Impact, next week.

Jonathan Woodgate has been in charge of interim after the firing of Jason Tindall and has overseen two wins in his first three games in charge of the Cherries.

The south coast club, currently in the play-off positions, is believed to want a young and upcoming coach with renowned status, as the likes of John Terry and Patrick Vieira were linked to the vacant position.

However, it appears that Henry won the race and his appointment is beginning to seem like a formality.

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