Troy Deeney stepped in when Premier League captains and executives tried to AVOID talks about racism
Troy Deeney has provided a stunning insight into the gathering of Premier League captains and executives in which he had to step in to force a conversation about football’s fight against racism.
The Watford captain has explained that the topic, which was on the agenda for the meeting, was almost completely overlooked because others were on the line. “didn’t want to provoke an uncomfortable conversation.”
Footballers have taken a united stance against racism following the murder of George Floyd in America last year, with players kneeling for matches in support of Black Lives Matter.
Troy Deeney has revealed how the topic of racism was almost skipped during a top-flight meeting
When the Premier League rebooted amid the coronavirus pandemic, Jordan Henderson and Kevin De Bruyne were praised for being at the forefront of highlighting the topic.
The Manchester City star suggested having the name of the organization printed on the back of the shirts, while the Liverpool skipper had the idea of having the BLM logo printed on the sleeves of the shirt when football was kicked off again. started.
However, Deeney has lifted the lid on the initial discussion of football’s response to racism, revealing that Project Restart talks have almost ended without a nod to the topic, only for Deeney and fellow captain Wes Morgan to address the issue. to force after exchanging private. messages.
Football has rallied against racism since its return last summer, in the wake of George Floyd’s murder in America
Recalling how he texted Morgan, Leicester City skipper, during the meeting, Deeney said The I.: ‘They weren’t even going to talk about it!
“Not because they didn’t want to, but because it was a group of white men and women and they didn’t want to provoke that awkward conversation.”
The 32-year-old then messaged Morgan saying, ‘Are these f *** ers serious ?!’ before saying to the Jamaican defender, “I’m going, are you going to support me?”
However, Deeney says he intervened in a meeting because the topic was too ‘uncomfortable’ for white executives and captains in attendance prior to Project Restart.
Deeney spoke with Wes Morgan (R) at the meeting, who gave the Watford man his support
After receiving Morgan’s support, Deeney said to the group above Zoom, “Actually, I have a huge problem. What do we think about this, why don’t we say this, why don’t we do that, why do we do this for the NHS, this and this, but for race we can’t do that? Eight minutes later I thought “I am done”.
The next thing you see was from Kevin De Bruyne, “Troy is absolutely perfect, I’m with Troy”. Jordan Henderson, Seamus Coleman, before you knew it, I had all the teams say, “I’m with Troy.” ‘
Deeney’s wife helped design the BLM badge engraved on the sleeves of the shirt, revealing that Sheffield United forward David McGoldrick suggested the players kneel before each match – a gesture that is still performed today for the kickoff.
The striker won the support of his many stars, such as Jordan Henderson and Kevin De Bruyne
Henderson contributed to the idea of a BLM logo on the sleeves of the shirt, while De Bruyne suggested having the name of the organization printed on the back of the player’s shirt.
The Englishman pointed out that the anti-racism movement has gained momentum thanks to the support of “ middle-class white people, ” pointing out that the traction gained is due to people with Henderson and De Bruyne getting on board with the forming a united front.
This time you have the hearts and ears – and this will sound really bad – of middle-class white people. They’re going now, “Well, that’s really not okay.” That’s what drives change, ‘he added.
“If Troy and Wes Morgan talked about it, it wouldn’t happen. But when I had Kevin De Bruyne, Harry Kane, Jordan Henderson say, “We’re with Troy,” it changed.
The anti-racism movement has gained momentum and Deeney says this is thanks to the support of high-profile names like Henderson and De Bruyne.
‘It needs everyone to work together, just like we did with the Super League. Look at [how] all the fans got together and it fell like a deck of cards. ‘
English football clubs are joining forces to observe a social media boycott this weekend amid a wave of nasty abuse against black players throughout the season.
From Friday 3 p.m. to Monday midnight, clubs will not post on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter in protest at the racist, homophobic and insulting comments directed at players.