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MetiNews.Com - The director of football said it is wrong to judge the Championship club and has called for genuine action instead of 'good PR' gestures.

Premier league news Ferdinand explains QPR's decision not to take knee and why message has been lost Last spor news

MetiNews.Com - The director of football said it is wrong to judge the Championship club and has called for genuine action instead of 'good PR' gestures.

Premier league news  Ferdinand explains QPR's decision not to take knee and why message has been lost Last spor news
21 September 2020 - 12:24

Breaking News ! Les Ferdinand has said that the message of taking a knee before football games has been diluted, with the QPR director of football drawing comparisons to the clap for carers initiative in spring. The Sky Bet Championship club, among the most diverse in the country, were criticised for making a joint decision to not make the gesture at the start of Friday night's game away to Coventry City. The midlands side won 3-2 at St Andrews with QPR boss Mark Warburton criticising the game's decision-makers for a lack of guidance regarding the gesture, which has been in place since the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in America. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in8Cancel Play now Ferdinand and the club's chief executive Lee Hoos have instead called for genuine action to be taken rather than "good PR" gestures, while saying it is wrong to judge the club for their decision. “This should not be about QPR," Ferdinand said. "Many clubs did not take the knee on the opening weekend, yet this was not reported. Taking the knee was very powerful but we feel that impact has now been diluted. “In the same way ‘Clap For Carers’ was very emotional for us all, it got to a stage where it had run its natural course and the decision was rightly made to stop it. Does that mean we, as a nation, don’t care or appreciate our NHS workers? Of course it doesn’t. “No one is more passionate than me about this topic. I have spoken on the matter throughout my footballing life. I work for one of the most diverse football clubs in this country. A lot of people are being fooled out there." “Recently, I took the decision not to do any more interviews on racism in football because the debate was going around in circles. People want a nice soundbite when something happens, but how many of the media who have criticised QPR over the past 48 hours genuinely want change? “The taking of the knee has reached a point of ‘good PR’ but little more than that. The message has been lost. It is now not dissimilar to a fancy hashtag or a nice pin badge. What are our plans with this? Will people be happy for players to take the knee for the next ten years but see no actual progress made? Taking the knee will not bring about change in the game - actions will." Ferdinand also referred to QPR's Under-18 team walking off after being racially abused by Spanish opponents Nervion 13 months ago, an incident that has not led to any sanctions, and the lack of media coverage in its aftermath. "Those media that have been quick to question us should be looking more inwardly.

. More than 12 months on, UEFA refused to deal with the situation and the Spanish FA did nothing. “What media coverage has been given to that? Not nearly as much as what has been granted to QPR not taking a knee. Don’t judge us. Simple research and evidence will show you we are doing more than most. If you want change, judge yourselves.” Hoos, who plays a key role in the club's diversity and inclusion work in their local community, said that the gesture of taking a knee is not sufficient in fighting social injustices and reiterated Ferdinand's call for genuine action. “The EFL have stated that it is for the players and teams to make their own decisions on this, but as a matter of courtesy should let their opposition and the match referee know," he said. “As a club, we fully support our players – whether they choose to take a knee or not. We judge our players by their actions and every one of them has been extremely supportive of our values and goals - and they are the values and goals of the most diverse club in the country. “I have seen no media organisations who come close to matching what we do to further the causes of social justice and inclusion, nor BAME representation at senior level. This is despite them having considerably more resources than we do. Read More Related Articles Mark Prince on knife crime: 'Football can do more, clubs must open their doors' “To be blunt, anyone who thinks our players condone racism because they didn’t take a knee really doesn’t get it. "Anyone who responds to Black Lives Matter by saying all lives matter really doesn’t get it. Anyone who thinks just taking a knee is sufficient in fighting social injustice really doesn’t get it. Actions speak louder than words. People need to do something more than simple gestures. “We will continue to support not just our players but all players who believe in greater social equality and how they wish to legitimately express those views. Our support is in our actions.”

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Premier league news Ferdinand explains QPR's decision not to take knee and why message has been lost Last spor news


Premier league news Ferdinand explains QPR's decision not to take knee and why message has been lost Last spor news


Premier league news Ferdinand explains QPR's decision not to take knee and why message has been lost Last spor news


Premier league news Ferdinand explains QPR's decision not to take knee and why message has been lost Last spor news

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