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At The Tokyo Olympic Games The Great Britain Football Squad Will Take A Knee

Hundreds of England supporters turn out for a rally in support of Marcus Rashford and to protest racism in the United Kingdom.

(1:20) The Great Britain football team declared on Thursday that they will take a knee before their matches in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) eased its position on allowing athletes to protest at the Games earlier this month, although it still stated that it was not allowed on the podium.

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Get immediate access – Whether they win or lose, Black European athletes cannot avoid racism. The England men’s national team took a knee before every game at Euro 2020, while Premier League and Women’s Super League players did the same before matches last season.

In a statement, Team GB head coach Hege Riise said, “The players and staff have been taking the knee at club and international level for over a year now, and we were all unified in our resolve to continue doing whatever we can to raise awareness of racism and discrimination in all its manifestations, standing in unity and solidarity with all those whose lives are touched.”

“We are clear that taking a knee is an significant symbol of nonviolent protest against discrimination, injustice, and unfairness in society, and we are pleased that the IOC has recognized the significance of this form of freedom of expression,” said the group.

“We will do so with the highest respect for our fellow athletes, authorities, and the IOC, as well as appropriate attention for the ideals that lie at the core of the Olympic movement,” British Olympic Association CEO Andy Anson said.

Our women’s football squad is emulating Team GB beliefs by kneeling.” The issue has resurfaced after England and Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings chastised UK lawmakers for failing to back the team’s anti-racism stance at Euro 2020.

After missing penalties in England’s final loss to Italy on Sunday, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka endured online racial abuse.

Meanwhile, Steph Houghton, Sophie Ingle, and Kim Little have been named as the captains of Team GB for the Olympics.

On July 21, Team GB will face Chile in the first round of the tournament, followed by hosts Japan and Canada in Group E.

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