sport news QPR chief Les Ferdinand says taking the knee message has been 'lost'

'Taking the knee is now 'good PR' and little more': QPR chief Les Ferdinand, English football's only black technical director, says Black Lives Matter's message has been 'lost' as his club become the first to shun the gesture 

By James Dutton For Mailonline

Published: 13:25 BST, 21 September 2020 | Updated: 13:25 BST, 21 September 2020

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Les Ferdinand believes the behind 'taking a knee' has been lost after QPR players shunned making the gesture at the weekend.

QPR players did not take the knee before their 3-2 defeat by Coventry on Friday night, a sight that has become commonplace since the return of football as a gesture of support for the anti-racism movement after the shocking death of George Floyd in the USA in May.

The Championship club have received criticism for failing to take the knee but have defended their actions with director of football Ferdinand arguing that it now become little more than 'good PR'. 

QPR director of football Les Ferdinand believes the message of taking the knee has been lost

QPR director of football Les Ferdinand believes the message of taking the knee has been lost

'This should not be about QPR. Many clubs did not take the knee on the opening weekend, yet this was not reported', he said in a club statement on their website.

'Taking the knee was very powerful but we feel that impact has now been diluted.

'In the same way 'Clap For Carers' was very emotional for us all, it got to a stage where it had run its natural course and the decision was

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