Striker who’s one of English soccer’s hottest prospects says she and teammates will kneel


They dominated Chelsea’s attack this season, scored the crucial away goal in last season’s Champions League final and featured in the No. 2 paid on the BBC Sport website’s latest list of the Sexiest Women in Sports. (Jess Carter came tenth.) Now they are tackling the increasing clamor for them to come out and kneel in solidarity with players around the world — almost all of whom have knelt in silent protest against racial injustice and police brutality.

Irene Matzinger, the 83-year-old coach of Chelsea Ladies, has suggested that the players should keep standing, rather than kneeling, when they play in Tuesday’s first leg of the FA Women’s Cup final against Liverpool. However, they have refused to say whether they’ll kneel. When the two players, Carter and Eriksson, joined forces at their press conference, the subject of the league’s Rotherham match earlier this month came up.

“We’re just making a gesture to let the footballers know what’s going on in the United States and that there’s more to them than what they see,” said Carter.

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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