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Premier League stars urged to take a knee

PICTURE: AFP/GETTY

PREMIER League players are being urged to follow the lead of their counterparts in Germany by taking a knee when the English season restarts on June 17.

Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg players (pictured) took part in the anti-racism gesture ahead of their Bundesliga match yesterday in the wake of ongoing protests around the world at the death of George Floyd in the United States.

Viv Anderson, the first black player to represent England, would welcome a similar stance from stars in this country. ‘If they feel so passionately about it — and most human beings would think that way — it’s the right thing to do,’ he said.

Troy Townsend, head of development at the Kick It Out charity, added: ‘If Premier League players are empowered and they want to do it, just let them do it.’