Wolf boss Nuno Espirito Santo says players should take the knee for LONGER than five seconds when fans return to the grounds next season … to send a stronger message about racist abuse
- Nuno Espirito Santo says players should take a knee for longer than five seconds
- The Wolves boss thinks the change should happen when supporters return
- He hopes such a change will send a clear signal about racist abuse
- The Portuguese coach is the only BAME manager in the Premier League
Wolf boss Nuno Espirito Santo believes players will need to take more than five seconds to the knee for games next season when fans return to stadiums.
English football will boycott social media for an entire weekend in their bid to oppose the vile racist abuse of footballers. The closure starts on Friday at 2 p.m. and lasts until 10:59 p.m. on Monday.
Nuno has strongly supported taking the knee since it was introduced when football returned after the coronavirus blockade last June, but he now believes the message should be stronger when supporters are on the ground.
Nuno Espirito Santo believes that players should take the knee for longer than five seconds
The Wolves manager believes the message should be stronger with regard to racist abuse
“ We take the knee about five seconds before the game starts, and I think it should be longer if the fans hopefully return to the stadium so we can get the right message across, ” said Nuno, the only BAME manager in the top flight . .
‘Hopefully we can take a position and everyone will understand the message. When fans are in the stadium, they are part of the message. If someone disagrees, let’s see how we deal with it.
I hope the response [from fans in the grounds] will be positive, but also knowing that it will take many years for racism to be completely eradicated.
“We must be patient, persistent, and ruthless in our message.”
Nuno has previously said that he would continue to take the knee even if he was the only one who still did
The gesture was largely supported throughout the campaign, although some players, such as Wilfred Zaha, are no longer adopting it.
Nuno has previously said that he would continue to take the knee even if he was the only one who still did.
A change would require the support of the player community, rather than the Premier League, and would likely need to be discussed with the top captains before signing off.