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Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso to stop kneeling before matches, ‘I think it’s losing a bit of strength’

Spanish full back Marcos Alonso said that the anti-racism gesture of kneeling before a match started is losing strength and he will instead point to the “No Room For Racism” badge on the sleeve of his kit. Chelsea boss Tuchel said that Alonso is “1000 percent committed” to the anti-racism cause. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPlayers and staff have been taking a knee prior to kickoff since the league returned to action in June last yearAlonso said he has decided to stand while other players kneel and will instead point to the badgeChelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said he trusted Alonso to be “1,000% absolutely committed against racism”Chelsea full back Marcos Alonso has said that he will stop taking the knee before matches because the anti-racism gesture is “losing a bit of strength”.

Players and staff have been taking a knee prior to kickoff since the league returned to action in June last year to show their support in the fight against racism.Alonso said he has decided to stand while other players kneel and will instead point to the “No Room For Racism” badge on the sleeve of his kit to highlight the issue.”I prefer to do it this way and, of course, to say very clearly that I am against racism and I respect everybody,” Alonso said after Sunday’s 3-0 Premier League win at Tottenham Hotspur.”I think it’s losing a bit of strength the other way, so I just prefer to do it this way.”Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said he trusted Alonso to be “1,000% absolutely committed against racism” and agreed that the gesture of taking the knee had become routine and lacked the effect it first had.”Isn’t it always like this? Once you do a gesture, then everybody is doing it. Once you do it so often it becomes normal and maybe it lowers the effect of it,” Tuchel told reporters on Tuesday.”Maybe it takes sometimes an action against the routine to wake up again and have another good discussion, which can go only in one direction, because all of us have the same point — to stand up against (racism).”Chelsea are joint top of the standings after five matches. They host Aston Villa in Wednesday’s League Cup match.Click here for IndiaToday.in’s complete coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

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