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WILFRIED ZAHA TO STOP TAKING THE KNEe

Crystal Palace player Wilfried Zaha, has become the first footballer to publicly state that he is no longer going to take the knee before matches

In case you are not aware what the saying ‘taking the knee’ means it refers to an incident in America late last year, when a suspected criminal was arrested by police. He subsequently resisted arrest and was then restrained by officers using their knees. During this struggle very sadly the man died.

Outcry followed, which then resulted in all Footballers across the globe, taking the knee in stance over racism.

Though Zaha is publicly the first player to state this, previously other players and some teams have also said they would not be taking the knee.

Among them was James McLean, the Stoke City Footballer, his reasons were entirley different and related to his background and upbringing.

Zaha, has said he intends to stop taking the knee and Stand Tall, believing the protest is no longer sufficient and has become diluted.

Its a view shared by many others, who feel the same. Brentford’s players stopped taking the knee at the weekend after deciding football’s anti-discrimination gesture “no longer” has impact.

In September QPR’s director of football, Les Ferdinand said

“The impact of the gesture had become diluted, comparing it to “a fancy hashtag or a nice pin badge”

Indeed, there are some people, who feel that the increase in Social Media Abuse, which itself is vile and unnecceary and most likely the end result of a bottle of scotch, or way too many beers, then hiding behind social media posts, is due to the taking of the knee.

While there are no statistics to show if this has caused an increase in the online trolling, what is clear, is that before the taking of the knee, there was not as much of this ‘hate’ as their is now

A survey by the Professional Footballers’ Association in December found there was still overwhelming support among players for taking a knee before kick-off.

On Wednesday the England manager Gareth Southgate, insisted the gesture was still hugely powerful in keeping the fight against racial inequality and injustice at the forefront of people’s minds.

Either way, it will be interesting to see how many players follow Wilfried Zaha’s stance and if the knee stops being taken

Chelsea escape Crystal Palace in five-goal thriller

As Chelsea entered the Selhurst Park Stadium, they had a chance to put pressure on teams around them in the standings with a win today. The Blues were ultimately able to squeeze by with a narrow 3-2 away victory over Crystal Palace.

In the early stages of the match, Olivier Giroud scored from the center of the box after receiving a pass from Willian. The chance occurred after Gary Cahill fell to the ground, causing the Brazilian to move freely with the ball in order to find the Frenchman.

 

Twenty-one minutes after Chelsea opened up the scoresheet, Christian Pulisic continued his hot start and found the back of the net. That was the young American’s third goal in five Premier League appearances since the restart.

 

The Eagles, however, would get a goal back in the 34th-minute after Wilfried Zaha unleashed a rocket that goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga had no chance of saving.

 

Palace, subsequently started the second half strongly, until the substitutions of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham in the 65th-minute changed the complexion of the match. 

Six minutes after entering the pitch, the substitutes collaborated for Chelsea’s third goal as Loftus-Cheek passed the ball to Abraham, who was able to notch his first goal in quite some time.

 

The Blues two-goal lead was short lived after Christian Benteke was not only left unmarked but had an empty net after the defense was focusing on Patrick van Aanholt.

 

Palace had several chances in the end to get a point out of this match, including a header from Scott Dann in the fifth minute of extra time. However, luck was not on their side and the shot came off the post and was ultimately cleared.

Overall, The Blues were able to possess 58 percent of ball throughout the match, while also having 14 shots (6 on goal). On the other side, The Eagles had 13 shots in total, four of which were on goal.

Chelsea, who have now accumulated 60 points this season, will look to keep their Champions League spot this Saturday as they travel to Sheffield United. Crystal Palace, meanwhile, will visit Aston Villa on Sunday.

See the updated Premier League table below in link below:

https://247-football.com/2020/06/25/premier-league-table/