Some football fans have been left furious after most of Krasnodar’s players that were starting against Chelsea refused to take a knee before kick-off.
Taking a knee is a gesture that has become synonymous in the battle against racial injustice, with Premier League teams adopting this since last season’s Project Restart.
UEFA haven’t stated that teams must do this before kick-off, which was clear as seven of the Krasnodar starting eleven refused to do so.
The I’s James Gray reports that only four of the Russian side’s players took the knee, with pictures seemingly confirming that.
By my count, four of the Krasnodar starting line-up took the knee with Chelsea and the referee in the "united stand" against racism.
— James Gray (@jamesgraysport) October 28, 2020
Here’s how some football fans reacted to the moment:
— Bongani Siqoko (@BonganiSiqoko) October 28, 2020
— Alex Hopkins (@alhop10) October 28, 2020
Funny how the producers tried to hide some the Krasnodar players not taking the knee…
— Jon (@ForeignJon) October 28, 2020
Really want Krasnodar to get smoked now after that refusal to take a knee
— Touchy Gooners (@TouchyGooners) October 28, 2020
Why didn’t all Krasnodar players bend the knee?
— Anners-David (@cfc_ad) October 28, 2020
Some of the Krasnodar players refuse to take the knee
— #TouchlineFracas (@touchlinefracas) October 28, 2020
The most disappointing thing to come out of this was that none of the major broadcasters mentioned it, instead quickly cutting their cameras to another angle to make it seem like it didn’t happen.
This comes less than 24 hours after Marseille were also slammed for not taking the knee before their Champions League defeat against Manchester City last night.