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Patrick Vieira wants Premier League players to continue taking the knee

Patrick Vieira wants Premier League players to keep taking the knee.

Players in the top-flight have agreed to reduce the number of times they take the gesture this season but the Crystal Palace boss - whose team will open the new campaign against Arsenal on Friday (05.08.22) - thinks the move is important in the fight for racial equality.

Vieira said: “It’s good to keep taking the knee. I think there will be a few occasions that this initiative will be doing it. I think it’s good because we can’t stop it straight away, because there is a statement to make and I believe it is important to keep taking the knee.

“We all are about [ending] discrimination so this is the fight that we will take long, and that’s why I believe we still have to take the knee.”

Vieira is hoping Palace will emulate their 3-0 home victory over Arsenal last season and is looking forward to starting the campaign in front of the home supporters.

He said: “[Arsenal] are in a better place than last year. The new players have made them much stronger. They have the squad to challenge to be closer to the title.

“It is really important [to play at home] and it was really successful last year as our home record was really good.

“Playing the first game at home is an advantage and I’m really looking forward to the game. The fans are excited, we are really excited and we want to start the season well to give the fans a really good performance.”

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