Before Bristol City’s Championship fixture against Blackpool, a minority in attendance booed the players taking the knee. Below is the Bristol City Supporters Club & Trust’s response:
Over the last 12 months, professional footballers across the country in various leagues have been taking the knee prior to kick-off to highlight the ongoing fight against racism both here and abroad.
We were disappointed to see a small section of supporters boo this simple and respectful anti-racism gesture.
We urge those present who booed when the players took the knee to reflect on their behaviour and its racist impact. Think about how it affects not just those players and their loved ones but also other Bristol City fans who firmly support efforts to eradicate racism & other forms of discrimination, who do not – and will never – support racism & discrimination.
We commend those fans at the Bristol City v Blackpool game who, upon hearing the booing, reacted by applauding the players taking part in their demonstration.
Long may that continue – it is vital that fans across the country continue to show players they are not alone in their fight against discrimination. Following from the events of UEFA Euro 2020 & afterwards, the issue is plainly still present in football and wider society.
Support the team, support the players, support efforts to end racism & discrimination.