Spanish and Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso Mendoza says he will no longer take the knee as he believes the anti racism gesture is losing its impact.
The Champions League winner said he will instead point to the Premier League ‘No Room for Racism’ badge on his sleeve, while other players kneel ahead of kick-off.
“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,”Alonso said.
“I prefer to do it this way and, of course, to say very clearly that I am against racism and I respect everybody.”
When asked if his decision to stop taking the knee had anything to do with politics, The 30-year-old defender 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.”
Earlier this year, Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha became the first top-flight player to opt out of the gesture, after stating his belief that taking the knee was degrading.