Arno Danjuma says he will reach his knees and reveal his anger at those who described this gesture as a waste of time: “It really annoys me when people say it.”
Since Project Restart started last summer, Premier League and Football League players, officials and staff have been kneeling before kick-off to show their support for the global anti-racism movement.
Asked how he felt when people considered taking the knee a waste of time, Dutch player Danjuma, 24, said: Sky Sports News: “To be honest with you, I don’t think I can say that on camera.
“It’s really annoying when people say it. It really frustrates me when they say it. I definitely feel it’s not a waste of time and anyone who says they need to look in the mirror.
“It’s very important to talk about it and communicate with others. And anyone who says this should get more education.
“So it is important that you keep kneeling, it can still have an impact and it is important to remind others.”
When asked whether he thought fans hissing at their knees lacked education on racism and social injustice, he added, “Yes, 100%. I think schools should educate young people better about racism.
“I think the fans who frown have not learned that. They have to look at history, what really happened and see how we got to where we are today.”
People should educate themselves and talk about it. It’s a very uncomfortable conversation for a lot of people, and the more we talk about it the better. We have to make sure that history does not repeat itself. “
Danjuma has scored eight goals and assists in 23 Bournemouth tournaments so far this season, and the South Coast club are looking to return to the Premier League immediately.
Last month, Cherries’ team released a statement explaining why, as a club, they felt nodding had “taken its course” in combating racism and discrimination in football.
Some black footballers have even spoken against the knee, including Wilfred Zaha of Crystal Palace and Brentford’s Evan Toni.
Everyday MirrorDarren Lewis previously explained why he felt that Zaha and Tony’s comments had been misunderstood as online abuse, discrimination and racism continued to rise, especially on social media, with many soccer players being targeted.
“It was a very reasonable and healthy discussion,” Danjoma said of Bournemouth’s decision to stop kneeling before the matches. “Steve Cook was in charge [of the meeting]As a parent company.
“He said anyone who wanted to continue raising the knee could do it. I told them I would hit the knee if no one was against it. Everyone was open-minded.”
“Nobody tried to stop me from expressing my feelings, and we are all in agreement.”
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