Opinion: I don’t see a problem; Alonso refusing to take knee.

I don’t see a problem, if taking the knee is indeed becoming less powerful, to adapting. But Alonso’s lone stance could be seen as diluting the message. #NoToRacism

Taking the knee ‘losing a bit of strength’, says Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso.

Marcos Alonso says he has stopped taking the knee before matches this season because he feels the power of the action has been diluted. The Chelsea wing-back has chosen instead to stand and point at the anti-racism message on the sleeve of his shirt.

Alonso was asked to explain his thinking after Chelsea’s 3-0 win at Tottenham on Sunday and, although he did not go into detail, he made clear he believes there is a better way to make the point than by kneeling.

“I just prefer to do it this way,” Alonso said. “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.

“I am fully against racism and I’m against every type of discrimination. 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. I prefer to do it this way and, of course, to say very clearly that I am against racism and I respect everybody.”

Marcos Alonso

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