Marcos Alonso explains why he'll no longer take the knee
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Marcos Alonso explains why he'll no longer take the knee

Chelsea's Marcos Alonso has become the latest player in the Premier League to quit kneeling before games.

The gesture has been made by Premier League players in an attempt to combat racism, but Alonso believes it has lost its meaning.

The Spaniard has yet to take a knee in any of his six Premier League and Champions League outings this season, and he has indicated that he will instead make his own gesture.

“I am fully against racism and I’m against every type of discrimination, and I just prefer to put my finger to the badge where it says no to racism, like they do in some other sports and football in other countries,” said Alonso, according to the Guardian.

“I prefer to do it this way and, of course, to say very clearly that I am against racism and I respect everybody.”

When he was asked whether the decision had anything to do with politics, Alonso said: “I don’t know, I just prefer to do it this way. It’s my way to do it, I think it’s another way. And maybe I think it’s losing a bit of strength the other way, so I just prefer to do it this way and to show I am fully supportive of fighting against racism.”

Has he talked to anyone about this?

Reece James, Antonio Rudiger, and Romelu Lukaku, Alonso's teammates, have all recently been victims of vile racial abuse, but the left-back admits he hasn't spoken to them about his decision.

“No, we haven’t talked about it,” admitted Alonso.

“We are in the changing room and we are like a family. I have a very good relationship with everyone, I love everyone and up to now we haven’t talked about it. I don’t think there is a need to, but, of course, if I have to speak to anyone, I will say the same thing I just told you and I don’t think there will be any problems.”

When asked if he'll no longer take the knee, Alonso said, "For now, I will just to point to the sleeve, and that's what I'll do."

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