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Colchester United Chairman, Robbie Cowling, has reiterated the clubs’ commitment against racial discrimination and has confirmed that the U’s players will be taking the knee ahead of their Sky Bet League Two clash with Morecambe at the JobServe Community Stadium on Saturday.
A section of the crowd booed the player’s united stance before Colchester’s last home fixture against Grimsby Town. In a statement posted on the clubs’ official website, Mr Cowling said;
I’m sure the vast majority of Colchester United fans are supportive and want to play their part in showing they back the actions of our players.
Maybe those that booed on Saturday might now understand what this gesture means to our club and will at the very least remain silent during future games whilst the players continue to take the knee before each kick-off.
Alternatively, they should just stay away from our club because anyone that still wants to boo now that I have explained the purpose and importance of the taking of the knee is not welcome at our club.
With Colchester remaining in tier two and up to 2,000 expected to attend for the Shrimps visit, the U’s chief has again provided supporters with a statement, including the football clubs standpoint on taking the knee.
Our players will be ‘Taking the Knee’ again this Saturday and I want to assure all of you that they do so as a show of solidarity against racial discrimination.
Colchester United is against any forms of discrimination and I know that the overwhelming majority of our supporters feel the same way.
I hope everyone can show their support for the way our players have chosen to portray this message.
Robbie Cowling’s full statement can be found at; https://www.cu-fc.com/news/2020/december/club-statement/