The Premier League has confirmed players will be scaling back on how often they take the knee starting from the 2022/23 season.

Players will stop performing the equal rights protest before every game, as they have done for the last two seasons.

Instead, the gesture will instead be seen before specific matches only – including Boxing Day fixtures.

In a statement, the Premier League said: “We have decided to select significant moments to take the knee during the season to highlight our unity against all forms of racism and in so doing we continue to show solidarity for a common cause.

“We remain resolutely committed to eradicating racial prejudice, and to bring about an inclusive society with respect and equal opportunities for all.”

The players will continue to take the knee for the ‘No Room For Racism’ campaign in October as well as major cup finals the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup.

The decision to take the knee was adopted by players after the restart of the Premier League season in 2020 following the murder of George Floyd by police in the U.S.

But over the last two weeks the league’s clubs and team captains have come together to opt against doing it week in week out in response to fears the gesture was losing its impact and message.

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