Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast forward Wilfred Zaha would rather ‘stand tall’ than ‘take the knee’ in the fight gesture against racism.
The English FA introduced the campaign last season to inspire the battle for racial equality in football, but Zaha is now expressing a different view.
“Wilfried Zaha has reiterated his belief that taking a knee is "degrading" and has demanded players "stand tall" in the fight against racism.
Speaking to the Financial Times, the 28-year-old Zaha feels ‘the knee’ has almost become meaningless.
"I've said before that I feel like taking the knee is degrading and stuff because growing up my parents just let me know that I should be proud to be black no matter what and I feel like we should just stand tall.
"Because I feel like taking the knee now, it's becoming... we do it before games and even sometimes people forget that we have to do it before games.
"Trying to get the meaning behind it, it's becoming something that we just do now and that's not enough for me. I'm not going to take the knee, I'm not going to wear Black Lives Matter on the back of my shirt because it feels like it's a target,” the former Manchester United attacker concluded.