Wilfried Zaha stands as players take the knee. (Photo by MIKE HEWITT/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has joined a small number of players and clubs in not taking the knee before games in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Zaha is the first Premier League footballer to do so, choosing to stand before Palace’s win over West Brom on March 13.

The winger said in February “I feel kneeling has just become a part of the pre-match routine and at the moment it doesn’t matter whether we kneel or stand – some of us still continue to receive abuse.”

Nottingham Forest’s Lyle Taylor has refused to take the knee since January.

Nottingham Forest player Lyle Taylor has refused to take the knee since January, branding Black Lives Matter a “Marxist group”.

In an interview with LBC, Taylor said: “I took the decision because I felt that enough was enough… not enough people have looked into the organisation that has brought this all to the fore.

“I said before that I agree with the message that black lives do matter and something needs to be done about that to actually teach the message that racial inequality and societal injustice need to stop.”

“i want to see every member of our society treated equally”

Liam rosenior

Derby County assistant manager Liam Rosenior disagreed with Taylor’s comments at the time, saying after a match against Millwall that saw fans at The Den boo players for taking the knee: “There is not a single footballer in the country who is taking the knee because they are Marxist, or because they want to see bad things happening on our streets.

“I take a knee because I want to see every member of our society treated equally. That shouldn’t even be an argument. It [politics] is something people use to forward their prejudiced views.”

Derby County players and staff stand in support of fighting against all forms of discrimination before their match against Millwall at Pride Park Stadium on March 13, 2021 Image: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

At the start of March, Derby County announced they would no longer be taking the knee, citing that “the symbolic gesture of taking a knee is not enough; more needs to be done and we are committed to playing an important role in this.”

The players and staff stood together before their 1-0 loss to Millwall on March 13, similar to Zaha taking a stand against discrimination across the sport.

Derby have joined Queens Park Rangers, Brentford and Bournemouth in no longer making the pre-match gesture.

Meanwhile, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has said taking the knee will continue until the end of the season but there will be fresh talks with players over the most effective way to move forward.