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English football is divided over whether it is still relevant to ‘take a knee’ before matches.

What began during Project Restart as a unanimous gesture of support for the anti-racism movement after the shocking death of George Floyd in America in May, is now causing confusion for many players.

Several clubs have decided that it will lose significance if continued indefinitely and on Saturday in 16 out of 37 matches in the top four divisions, players did not kneel before kick-off. 

There has been a split over whether clubs should continue to take a knee before matches start

There has been a split over whether clubs should continue to take a knee before matches start

There has been a split over whether clubs should continue to take a knee before matches start

In 6 out of 37 matches in the top four divisions on Saturday players did not kneel beforehand

In 6 out of 37 matches in the top four divisions on Saturday players did not kneel beforehand

In 6 out of 37 matches in the top four divisions on Saturday players did not kneel beforehand

It went ahead in all four Premier League matches and at every game in the Championship except Norwich v Preston. But the picture was less clear in League One and League Two where the majority did not take a knee. Out of 23 matches in the lower two leagues players did not take the knee in 15 of them.

QPR have reiterated their commitment to fighting racism and social injustice after their players and Coventry’s declined to take the knee, as has been habitual in televised games, before Friday night’s Championship clash on Sky TV.

Manager Mark Warburton and chief executive Lee Hoos have both spoken in support of player protests to highlight racial inequality.

But they insist that taking the knee is an issue for players and that the club should be judged their record rather than the gesture itself. Both teams agreed with the referee that they weren’t going to take the knee before the game and Warburton said: ‘We have absolute respect for such an important cause and all of our players, to a man and staff, followed the lead [last season] and took the knee. 

‘Some teams have been saying at the end of lockdown, that we’ve done it now. So we’re saying there should be guidance from the EFL.

Mark Warburton defended his QPR team who were one of several teams that did not kneel

Mark Warburton defended his QPR team who were one of several teams that did not kneel

Mark Warburton defended his QPR team who were one of several teams that did not kneel

‘When I came off the pitch last night and was made aware that some were saying QPR’s behaviour might have been inappropriate, I was appalled.

‘We had the first game against Nottingham Forest last week and both clubs said: ‘We’ve done it. We’re full of respect for the cause but we don’t want it to become a token gesture.’ Our players are saying: ‘Are we doing it every game?’

‘As in the clap for carers, it tends to lose its power over time. But when clap for carers stopped, there’s no less respect for carers.

‘We abhor all forms of discrimination and I don’t think there’s a more-diverse club in football. It’s important that we’re seen to have BAME [Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic] representation, given the work we do in our community, which is a very diverse. Any suggestion that the club has acted inappropriately should be met with a powerful response on our part.’

Hoos was adamant that the stance of the players was not an endorsement of those seeking to belittle taking the knee or the message behind Black Lives Matter. He said: ‘People who say ‘All Lives Matter’ just don’t get it and to suggest that QPR support that kind of thinking that would be perverse.’

After their match with Bournemouth on Saturday, Middlesbrough’s assistant Kevin Blackwell said: ‘Myself and people from Bournemouth spoke about it and we decided we would both take a knee.

‘We need guidance from the Football League about this. There’s a point now where we have got to decide ‘is this relevant? Are people getting the meaning across?’ I would like to see people now do things about it rather than sit down and talk about it. We need actions taken for the right reasons.’

Sheffield Wednesday and Watford took the knee at Hillsborough and Owls boss Garry Monk said: ‘We want to keep awareness of it in the spotlight and not let it fade away.’ Brentford’s Thomas Frank added: ‘I didn’t know some teams didn’t do it, I think it’s a good cause and we all should support it.’

Sanjay Bhandari, the chairman of Kick It Out, insisted that they wanted action rather than a debate about gestures.

‘We encourage the players to continue to protest in whatever form they feel comfortable and to do so free of the risk of sanction, whether that protest is taking a knee, wearing a badge or any other form,’ he said.

‘The form of protest and who protests is not the issue and should not detract from the real issue. The real issue is meaningful action to create sustainable change. We need to focus on the targets for greater representation in football leadership and coaching; and on mobilising everyone to stand against the rise in hate, especially online.’

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UFC 254 – Khabib vs Gaethje LIVE RESULTS: UK start time, stream, TV channel, prelims and fight card for TONIGHT

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WOOD VS KENNEY

ROUND 3

The first two minutes of the round are pretty even and Wood looked a little fresher.

But with the fight so close, Kenney may have swung it in his favour with a brief takedown just before the halfway mark of the round.

Kenney put a lot of pressure on Wood with that takedown and the subsequent pressure against the cage.

Wood eventually gets out of it and moves into punching range with Kenney, who once again is happy to exchange. He lands a nice one-two on Wood in the last minute of the round.

I’d give the edge to the American. Scores will be close, but 29-28 Kenny for me.

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France vs Wales rugby: TV channel, live stream FREE, kick-off time, and teams for TONIGHT’S Autumn International game

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WALES return to action after seven months of waiting as they travel to Paris to take on France.

Before the break, the Welsh were still getting to grips with a first campaign without Warren Gatland and languished in fifth in the Six Nations table.

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Alun Wyn Jones will equal the world record for international appearances in ParisCredit: PA:Press Association

Meanwhile France are still in with a chance of winning the competition despite a shock defeat to Scotland.

And this Autumn International should provide a great opportunity for Fabien Galthie and Wayne Pivac to examine their options ahead of a big Halloween Six Nations climax.

What time does France vs Wales kick off?

  • France vs Wales kicks off at 8.10pm – 9.10pm French time.
  • The match will be played at the Stade de France, Paris.
  • Although the French government has let fans into rugby, this game will be played behind closed doors as Paris is now under a 9pm curfew.

What TV channel is France vs Wales on and can I live stream it free?

  • France vs Wales is live on ITV4 in the UK.
  • Coverage commences at 7.30pm – 40 minutes before kick-off.
  • To stream the game live, head to the ITV Hub.
  • ITV is free for all UK viewers.

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Latest odds

France 4/7

Draw 25/1

Wales 6/4

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Conor McGregor predicts Justin Gaethje will ‘knock rival Khabib Nurmagomedov clean out’ during UFC 254 showdown

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CONOR McGREGOR reckons Justin Gaethje could knock Khabib Nurmagomedov ‘clean out’ at UFC 254.

The Notorious is ultimately backing his Russian nemesis but warned him against Gaethje’s ‘big shots’.

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Conor McGregor thinks Justin Gaethje could knock Khabib ‘clean out’ at UFC 254
The pair go head-to-head in tonight's clash on Fight Island

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The pair go head-to-head in tonight’s clash on Fight IslandCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Speaking ahead of tonight’s mega-clash on Fight Island, McGregor told Punch MMA: “Khabib is going to be on the back foot from the bell.

“Khabib is going to be trembling in there like he always does.

“He’s the most easily backed-up fighter in the game.

“Gaethje will know this and he will get low on his stance and Gaethje’s style is a style to get in and beat that jab nice and low.

“And while Khabib’s head is up high, come in with a big shot and he could knock him out.

“He could very, very, very well knock him clean out.

“He’s got good wrestling but does he have grappling with his wrestling? I do not believe so.

“I believe if Khabib gets him down it could be over early in the first. I’d probably favour Khabib.”

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UFC’s biggest names including McGregor, Michael Bisping, Leon Edwards and Michael Chiesa are split over who is going to win.

And speaking ahead of the fight, Khabib ruled out a rematch with McGregor because the prospect bores him.

The Russian also reveled he wants to head to England after the fight to watch Manchester United and Liverpool.

Earlier today, SunSport exclusively revealed Tony Ferguson is a potential opponent for Khabib if he decides to fight again.

And Khabib’s coach Javier Mendez also revealed his man ‘destroyed everyone’ in the gym.

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