‘We are being used as puppets!’: Brentford striker Ivan Toney remains defiant on stance AGAINST taking the knee before Premier League games – after England forward was only player across five top-flight matches to remain standing at kick-off
- Toney was the only player to not drop to his knee before yesterday’s kick-offs
- The gesture returned as part of a campaign during UK Black History Month
- The England striker claimed players ‘are kind of being used as puppets’
Ivan Toney remained defiantly on his feet yesterday as taking the knee returned to the Premier League.
The Brentford striker was the one player across the five top-flight matches who chose not to drop to his knee before yesterday’s kick-offs.
The gesture, which was dropped from being used before every match at the start of the season, returned as part of a No Room For Racism campaign during UK Black History Month.
Ivan Toney remained defiant against taking a knee ahead of Brentford’s game with Newcastle
Toney was the only player across five Premier League games to remain standing at kick-off
Toney, though, grew disillusioned with the symbolic act last season, saying in February: ’Everyone agrees we have been taking the knee for however long now and still nothing has changed.
‘We are kind of being used as puppets.’
Premier League players will also take the knee next week, again at Boxing Day fixtures and before cup finals.
Taking the knee was first introduced following the death at the hands of police officers of George Floyd in the United States in 2020.
The Brentford forward went on to score a consolation goal as side lost 5-1 at St James Park
The 26-year-old scored his side’s only goal in their visit to St James Park, as they suffered a 5-1 defeat to Newcastle.
Toney stepped up to the penalty spot in the 55th minute after a handball by Dan Burn. He brought the Bees within a one-goal deficit at the time, but the hosts went on to score three more.
Bruno Guimaraes got his second of the game before Miguel Almiron chipped in following a defensive error. An Ethan Pinnock own-goal in the dying moments wrapped up all three points for the Magpies.
The 26-year-old notched his sixth goal in nine league games and has two assists as well