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Men's Football Crystal Palace boss Vieira urges players to keep taking the knee

PATRICK VIERA believes it is critical for players to keep taking the knee after those in the Premier League decided to limit when they take the anti-racism stance this season.

Tonight’s Premier League opener between Vieira’s Palace side and Arsenal is one of the matches that will still feature the gesture, with other instances set to happen during the FA and League Cup finals and specific No Room for Racism contests.

The Palace manager was adamant those were necessary in ensuring the message is still heard.

“It’s good to keep taking the knee,” he said. “I think there will be a few occasions that this initiative will be doing it.

“I think it’s good because we can’t stop it straight away, because there is a statement to make and I believe it is important to keep taking the knee.

“We all are about [ending] discrimination so this is the fight that we will take long, and that’s why I believe we still have to take the knee.”

Last season, Wilfried Zaha became the first Premier League player to stop taking a knee before matches.

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