Chelsea reacts to Marcos Alonso’s decision to stop taking the knee before matches

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Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso revealed he would no longer be taking the knee before matches and would instead choose to combat racism in a different way before matches.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed the Blues will respect Alonso’s decision to stop taking the knee before matches after the Spanish defender said the gesture has lost its impact.

“It’s not a discussion in the group but of course if a player takes a decision like this, we’re not in a bubble,” Tuchel said.

“The most important thing for me is I know Marcos personally and trust 1000 per cent that he is committed against racism.

“There is no question about it. We are all against it.

“Marcos took his decision, and it’s a decision we accept. He gave his reasons and from here, the discussion can end, or can go on in a productive way to do more.”

Tuchel added: “Once you do a gesture, everybody does it, it becomes normal. Maybe it lowers the effect of it. If this is [Marcos’] point, I can see it.

“We can discuss. He is pretty aware of it. He’s experienced and responsible enough. Being against racism should be normal.

“I understand that Marcos thinks there is more to do, this is right.

“We need to use the platform and possibilities we have together, performances together, by living by example.”

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