Fans booing players taking the knee are not welcome and can have season ticket refund, says Colchester owner

Troy Deeney said he will walk off the pitch if he is racially abused

Cowling, meanwhile, called on Colchester’s fans to applaud the taking of the knee from now on – in a bid to wipe out the impact of any future booing.

“It would be very disappointing if anyone does decide to boo again,” he added.

“Therefore, going forward I would like to make the actions of those fans who do boo the taking of the knee completely irrelevant.

“For every game where the players choose to take the knee, I would like all of our fans to join me in applauding this gesture to ensure our players know we fully support them.

“Callum Harriot described the purpose of the gesture perfectly to me, explaining that taking the knee dates back to early civil rights movements as a way of silently showing solidarity in support of political inequalities suffered by oppressed communities.

“Those that take the knee want to highlight that all lives should be valued and should not be treated inhumanely or inferior to others just because of their race.”

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