Why We Kneel

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Ahead of our game with Bristol Rovers, in which supporters will make their long-awaited return, the club is aware of the ongoing debate surrounding the pre-match ritual to take the knee.

Recent events at Millwall saw widespread coverage and condemnation as selected supports booed during this ritual – with the Lions issuing a statement to convey that they were “dismayed and saddened by events”.

Chairman Nigel Travis yesterday issued his own statement, part of which referred to the club’s strong stance that “anyone making discriminatory noises or other discriminatory actions will be removed from the ground and banned for life.”

Questions have been directed to the club, including whether taking the knee is supporting the political organisation Black Live Matters, and their ideologies.

The club would like to make it clear that this is not an endorsement of any political party or views, and is instead intended as a show of unity against racial discrimination of all kinds.

Leyton Orient is proud of our diverse history, and indeed our diverse present, and discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated – and that is why we kneel.

When our players and staff kneel tomorrow night, we hope that our supporters recognise this, and continue to play their part at the centre of our community club.