I think F1 has got it spot on and squirm with embarrassment at the start of every PL kick-off when the multi-million pound rich players are all are taking the knee for an organisation that wants to end capitalism and the millions they've earned from it.
Have any footballers said they're taking the knee to end capitalism?
They're taking a knee for BLM - even have it emblazoned on the backs of their shirts. BLM's stated policy is to end capitalism!!!
Wouldn't it have been far easier to support show their support for anti-racism by doing what the F1 drivers did (apart from Hamilton!) who wore shirts with the slogan 'end racism' or even their own 'Kick it Out' slogan than to endorse an established movement with clear political objectives, one of which is to end capitalism?
I know if I was a PL footballer I'd be far more comfortable supporting a universal cause - to end racism - and not hitch my waggon to some group that's been going for a few years already has have clearly been influenced (maybe even led?) by activists with an agenda for direct action and the end of capitalism, which I certainly don't share.
Clearly most/all of the players have the right right intentions its just that they chosen to join the masses in immediately joining up to a movement they (and probably 99% of everyone else) simply haven't thought to check how they intend to achieve their aims - ie end capitalism, antisemitism and direct action.
I very much doubt most people want to go that route and I strongly suspect they wouldn't have received crowd funding of anything like £1m either.
Tbh I blame the PL, they should have been more on the ball about this and they already had their own, commendable, scheme in place anyway!
Also could you imagine if just one player didn't take the knee?
He'd be hounded out of the game by the fans.
Is it any wonder non of the players admit to being gay - even in the twenty-first century when its widely celebrated in all enlightened country's throughout the world!
I'd hazard a guess that there's probably much more than one or two of them taking the knee even though they oppose BLM stated aims, as it's the lesser of two evils by doing so then having the abuse/threats/violence/whatever of saying it wasn't for them!
Surely there's something clearly wrong when you are put such a position through no choice of your own?
Could you imagine if a referee didn't take the knee!
It's wrong - and two wrongs have never yet made a right.
The message is anti-racism.
Simply don't tie it in with a group with existing radical political aims.
The message is loud and strong enough to be heard on its own.