Erik­sen ready to defy Dan­ish op­po­si­tion to tak­ing knee

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Total Football - By Matt Law

Chris­tian Erik­sen, the for­mer Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur mid­fielder, is ready to ig­nore a po­lit­i­cal row that has erupted in Den­mark by join­ing Eng­land in tak­ing a knee be­fore to­mor­row’s Na­tions League game.

Erik­sen and the ma­jor­ity of his Den­mark team-mates want to sup­port the anti-racism protest af­ter he said the English Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion asked them to back the Black Lives Mat­ter cam­paign.

But there has been op­po­si­tion to the move­ment in Den­mark with Morten Messer­schmidt, deputy chair­man of the Dan­ish Peo­ple’s Party, say­ing it was “dan­ger­ous” to mix sport and pol­i­tics and it should be “ev­ery­body’s team”.

Erik­sen, who also took the knee be­fore the 2-0 home de­feat by Bel­gium on Sat­ur­day, said: “I do not see why it should be a prob­lem. We all sup­port the fight against all forms of racism. If it can cre­ate a lit­tle ex­tra fo­cus, then I think we could do it.”

Thomas De­laney, the Den­mark mid­fielder, added that it was a “no­brainer” and said the play­ers were ready to put up with any con­se­quences.

Mean­while, Erik­sen says Den­mark must im­prove af­ter their de­feat by Bel­gium. “We must learn from this match,” he said.

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