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Glenn Webbe: Former Wales wing backs rugby gamers taking the knee

2020-07-01 06:30:15

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Ex-Wales wing Glenn Webbe is in opposition to banning the singing of Swing Low, Candy, Chariot

Former Wales wing Glenn Webbe helps rugby gamers following different sportspeople by taking a knee earlier than matches when the sport resumes.

Footballers have been making the gesture earlier than Premier League and Championship matches.

“A number of the footballers are doing the identical factor as a mark of respect, taking the knee to begin the sport, so why not?” stated former Bridgend star Webbe.

“I feel it could possibly be an amazing scenario.”

American footballer Colin Kaepernick, who was then a San Francisco 49ers quarterback, made taking a knee an iconic type of protest in opposition to racial injustice in the US.

He knelt through the American nationwide anthem in 2016.

The Black Lives Matter motion has emerged after the dying of unarmed African American George Floyd, who died on 25 Might whereas being restrained by a white police officer in Minneapolis.

His dying has sparked protests throughout the US and worldwide.

Webbe, who gained 10 Wales caps from 1986-88, believes kneeling earlier than video games shouldn’t be compelled on gamers and people should make their very own determination with out being judged.

“That is the issue with a number of issues – whenever you make issues regulation, you are taking away folks’s proper to decide on,” stated Webbe.

‘It is a way of life to grow to be racist’

“So if it is an choice, you say that is the explanation why we’re going to do this, people who really feel that they need to make the identical assertion be part of us, those that do not, we perceive.

“There’s nothing actually incorrect with that. In case you dislike one thing, you dislike it. It will be very tough to vary your standpoint in a single day. As a result of, racism is sort of a faith, it is a way of life to grow to be racist.

“I perceive the Black Lives Matter motion is a really poignant factor, I do know individuals are sitting up and taking discover.

“I feel we have to do extra, and it is all going to be by means of training, integration, dialogue and variety and principally you do want function fashions, somebody to look as much as.”

Webbe, the second black participant to play rugby union for Wales after former Pontypool flanker Mark Brown, believes his sport doesn’t have the identical ranges of racism as soccer.

“It is a lengthy highway to stamp out racism totally,” Webbe informed BBC Radio Wales.

“I simply do not suppose rugby has the identical degree of racism as in soccer due to the character of people that play and watch the sport.”

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