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England full-back Demi Stokes says players are sick of receiving racist abuse

Anchester City and England left-back Demi Stokes stressed the need for players to continue to kneel, saying they were “sick” of being victims of racial violence.

Footballers have been protesting racism before games for more than a year since the murder of George Floyd in the United States in May 2020.

Critics of the gesture, which has occasionally elicited boos from the stands, say it has political overtones, but Stokes believes players need to “keep the ball moving.”

Stokes recently dropped to one knee alongside her teammates ahead of City’s Women’s Super League derby with Manchester United on Saturday at Leigh Sports Village, where the crowd reaction was applause.

She was part of the Great Britain squad that made it to the Tokyo Olympics and the players are expected to do the same in the England Women’s World Cup qualifiers later this month. – here when they face Northern Ireland at Wembley, then face Latvia away.

Stokes, who says taking the knee is “not a matter of policy,” told the PA News Agency: “I think it’s important that we stay the course – and not just because it’s Black History Month.

“It’s been over a year now and it’s good, that’s what we want to see, we want to see it every week because it’s those callbacks.

“People might boo – and that’s why we’ll keep doing it. It’s bigger than us, it’s bigger than football. It’s something that we are trying to resolve as individuals, as a team, as a league, I think it’s important that you keep doing it, even if it’s difficult, even if it’s uncomfortable.

“People say, ‘I’m sick of it, I’m sick of hearing about it’ – well, we’re sick of being abused, of hearing things in the news. Footballers are fed up with racist abuse.

“We want to remind you that there is a problem and it needs to be addressed, and this is our way of helping it and moving it forward.”

Demi Stokes said players are fed up with being racially abused

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