FA Confirms Arsenal & Liverpool Players Will Take A Knee In Community Shield Match
Players will take a knee before the men’s and women’s Community Shield games at Wembley on August 29, in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, the Football Association has confirmed.
An FA spokesperson said: “Players in both the Women’s and Men’s FA Community Shield matches this weekend will take a knee before kick-off in order to show solidarity to the black community and to highlight inequality and injustice experienced by this community.
“The FA will continue to support any player who wishes to take a stand against discrimination in a respectful manner, which includes taking a knee.
“We will also use the digital LED screens at Wembley Stadium for select periods during both matches to display our continued stance against all types of discrimination.”
In support of the Black Lives Matter movement, the decision was taken for Premier League players to take a knee before kick-off in a protest against racial discrimination, in the remainder of games after resumption of the season in June.
All 22 players and match officials took a knee for the first 10 seconds of Aston Villa’s encounter with Sheffield United in the opening game after the 2019-20 season returned two months ago.