Jermain Defoe’s suggestion that his team-mates ‘take the knee’ has been given a hostile reaction from some Ibrox fans.
Since the murder of George Floyd went viral there has been almost universal revulsion at the incident and the realisation of the continued racism across society.
Taking The Knee was the instant response from Americans with that gesture repeated worldwide with sportsmen and especially footballers leading the way. In Scotland recent demos at George Square and Glasgow Green have involved powerful speeches and demonstrations of support.
When the EPL restarted last weekend player names were replaced with BLACK LIVES MATTER on the back of shirts with the BLM logo now on the sleeve with an NHS logo on the front of shirts.
The SPFL Premiership season doesn’t start until August 1, the focus may have softened by then but Defoe won’t find unanimous backing from Ibrox fans if he wants his team-mates to ‘Take the Knee’ when Scottish football resumes.
? Jermain Defoe: “I would like to think when the season starts we will take a knee and be part of this powerful movement.” pic.twitter.com/eRBObAWmyV
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) June 24, 2020
He can give that a miss or will be booed off the park??????????????????
— charles wood (@chas1937) June 24, 2020
Coercion from the far left BLM movement will ensure it happens and everyone is bullied into it. It’s the same tactics the Nazis used back in the 1930s
— Attila The Hun (@AttilaT57384520) June 24, 2020
Love the wee man and don’t have a racist bone in ma body…. but no kneeling and that’s that.
— billy nixon (@billyni99933742) June 24, 2020
Why only one colour? Do all colours not Matter ????
— Kyleharper000 (@kyleharper000) June 24, 2020
Nope ,just Nope . We have our own everywhere, anywhere campaign, we have Kick it out ,we have FARE, this political one sided farce needs to stop.
— G450 x2 ?? RFC. (@racingfront) June 24, 2020
If Jermaine wants to take the knee or any other players want to it’s fine by me as long as any players whom chose not to take the knee are not condemned or subject to abuse likewise for any player that chooses too. ??
— RTID ??? (@TidRangers) June 24, 2020
Don’t agree with the antifa stuff and extremism , but taking black lives matter as a single issue and to show respect to our black players it was always going to happen . They do it , we move on . To do otherwise will be a commercial and PR disaster . Simple as that
— Del boy (@Dereksmyth14) June 24, 2020