sport news Eleven Sale Sharks players choose not to kneel in support of Black Lives Matter

Eleven Sale Sharks players choose not to kneel in support of Black Lives Matter before their match against Harlequins as Premiership Rugby returns for the first time since lockdown Eleven Sale Sharks players chose not to kneel in support of Black Lives Matter  Domestic rugby returned on Friday night with Sharks taking on Harlequins Sale players wore anti-racism t-shirts but only four chose to kneel  A host of sports stars have endorsed the anti-racism movement post-lockdown  Formula One drivers have also been divided over whether to kneel for BLM 

By Ollie Lewis For Mailonline

Published: 20:33 BST, 14 August 2020 | Updated: 20:33 BST, 14 August 2020

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Eleven Sale Sharks players chose not to take the knee in support of Black Lives Matter on Friday as the Premiership Rugby side left their stars to make the personal choice over whether to support the anti-racism movement. 

Domestic rugby has returned for the first time since lockdown this weekend and, as has been the case in the majority of sports post-lockdown, some players have opted to take the knee - a stance that endorses the BLM movement after George Floyd was murdered by a police officer who knelt on his neck in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

And in the build-up to Friday's game between Sharks and Harlequins, eleven out of the fifteen starting line-up for Sale chose to remain standing while Sam Hill, Simon Hammersley, Tom Curry and Marland Yarde knelt in support of the movement. 

Eleven Sale Sharks players have chosen not to take the knee in support of Black Lives Matter

Eleven Sale Sharks players have chosen not to take the knee in support of Black Lives Matter

Domestic Rugby returned for the first time since lockdown on Friday with Sale hosting Quins

Domestic Rugby returned for the first time since lockdown on Friday with Sale hosting Quins

The starting fifteen all wore anti-racism t-shirts, while every Quins player

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