Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has reacted to defender Marcos Alonso’s decision to stop taking the knee before matches after he explained the gesture has lost its impact.
Alonso had said he would instead point to the ‘No Room for Racism’ badge on his sleeve.
According to the Spaniard, the anti-racism gesture is “losing strength”.
Reacting, Tuchel, in his pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea’s Carabao Cup tie with Aston Villa on Wednesday, explained that Alonso’s choice has been respected and insisted the left-back is firmly against discrimination.
It’s not a discussion in the group, but of course, if a player takes a decision like this, we’re not in a bubble,” Tuchel said.
The most important thing for me is I know Marcos personally and trust 1000 per cent that he is committed against racism.
“There is no question about it. We are all against it.
“Marcos took his decision, and it’s a decision we accept. He gave his reasons and from here, the discussion can end, or can go on in a productive way to do more.”