Michael Holding praises England footballers' 'backbone' in taking a knee

Michael Holding praises England footballers’ ‘backbone’ in taking a knee


ST LUCIA – West Indies great Michael Holding has praised the decision of England's footballers to continue taking a knee, saying they are doing more than their cricket counterparts to combat racism.

The former paceman last year called for meaningful change to tackle injustice, saying he had encountered abuse as a young player in England and Australia.

England and New Zealand shared a “moment of unity” before Thursday's opening day of the second Test, but the 67-year-old Holding was unimpressed.

“I'm not going to talk about political movements,” he said. “I care about the three words – Black Lives Matter.

“What this England (cricket) team is doing, this ‘moment of unity', is not supporting Black Lives Matter. Don't tell me that's supporting Black Lives Matter.”

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