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Fans have noticed Premier League players taking another knee before games this weekend.

This is only the second time this season that players have performed this gesture before games.

And viewers are wondering if kneeling is back in the Premier League for good.

Here’s everything you need to know about why Premier League players keel before kick-off.

Why do Premier League players take the knee?

Premier League players take a knee this weekend (8th and 9th October) and next weekend (15th and 16th October) as part of the league’s anti-discrimination campaign.

Other “No place for racism” messages are displayed in stadiums and on television broadcasts.

The “No Space for Racism” initiative campaigns against racism and other forms of discrimination in football and in society.

The Premier League introduced No Place for Racism in March 2019 and several matchweeks each season are dedicated to the campaign.

When else will players take a knee in the Premier League this season?

Ahead of the season, Premier League captains agreed to only take the knee at select key moments throughout the year.

Players will also take a knee on Boxing Day, future No Room for Racism campaign weeks, the FA and Carabao Cup finals and the final day of the 2022/23 season.

Players kneel in front of Fulham versus Liverpool in the Premier League

Players take the knee as part of the Premier League’s No Room for Racism campaign (Image: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

When did Premier League players stop taking the knee?

The Premier League decided players would stop taking the knee every week at the end of last season.

Players first began taking the knee in June 2020 when the league returned from the first Covid lockdown and the gesture was present at every game until the end of the 2021-22 season.

Footballers across Europe and the world have taken a knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter campaign after George Floyd was murdered by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the United States in May 2020.

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