Former West Ham and Sunderland player Anton Ferdinand, has given his thoughts on Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso’s decision to no longer take the knee.
The 36-year-old spoke to Sky Sports News and said: “I personally disagree with his decision.
“We’re in a fight and we need to be united in this fight.
“I don’t know the conversations he’s had with his teammates. But it’s been clearly explained. Why players are kneeling.
“That’s players of all colours and races and creeds. They must realize that taking a knee keeps the conversation going.
“We have to be realistic this is a process. And taking a knee is part of that process.”
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 22, 2021
Alonso has chosen to no longer take the knee as he believes the act is “losing strength.”
Ferdinand has been subject to racial abuse in the past.
While playing for QPR in 2011, the defender was racially abused by John Terry, who was subsequently fined £220,000 and given a four-match ban by the FA.
The act of ‘taking a knee’ before football matches came to prominence in 2019 following the Black Lives Matter protests in America and the UK.
Players and staff have been taking the knee before matches since the Premier League resumed after the pandemic. This is to raise awareness about racial injustice.