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Krasnodar players refuse to take knee before Chelsea Champions League clash

A host of FK Krasnodar players decided against taking a knee against Chelsea this evening in the Champions League.

Clubs across Europe continue to kneel before kick-off in support of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.

But as Chelsea players, staff and the referee made the gesture this evening, some Krasnodar players opted against in Russia this evening.

Reports on social media also speculated that some fans inside the stadium booed as Blues players knelt before the match got underway.

Russia has struggled to combat racism in football in recent years, with black Zenit star Malcom criticised and booed by his own fans after he joined the club in 2019.

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Marseille players were also criticised for not taking a knee against Manchester City on Tuesday.

Instead, the French side stood side by side around the centre circle to pay tribute to teacher Samuel Paty who was murdered last week.

“Olympique de Marseille is the club of anti-racism,” the club tweeted.

“The OM players join the approach of the Manchester City players, demonstrating unity and respect for this fight.”

Speaking in July, Bayern Munich veteran Jerome Boateng called on teams to continue to take a knee.

“I think it’s very powerful and very important that we continue this in the Champions League, especially of course in the final, because the whole world will look,” he said.

“I think it’s important to continue, and also in other sports, and hopefully in some sports that are not back yet, hopefully they will join us.

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