CHERRIES will no longer take the knee before matches.

The stance, which was widely introduced across the Premier League and Football League last summer in a powerful show of solidarity to help fight racism, is still performed by the majority of clubs ahead of kick-off.

However, some clubs have since decided to no longer undergo the stance, with Brentford one of the clubs to stop doing so earlier this week.

And captain Steve Cook has explained why Cherries will also follow suit.

In a statement, Cook said: "Following discussions between the squad and with senior staff members, we have decided to no longer take the knee before games, starting this weekend against Queens Park Rangers.

"At all levels, this club prides itself on its work around equality, diversity and inclusion and as a group of players we fully embrace this.

"We all strive to ensure that AFC Bournemouth is a club which welcomes anyone, regardless of their race, gender, sexuality or religion.

"Fighting all forms of discrimination and creating an equal, inclusive society is something that we feel very passionately about.

"But that is defined by much more than a gesture, which we feel has run its course and is no longer having the effect it first did eight months ago.

"Since football restarted last June we have taken the knee before every fixture. Instead, we will now stand before games; just as we stand together with our team mates who have suffered racial abuse and as we stand with anyone who is subjected to any form of discrimination.

"As footballers and role models we want to continue affecting change in a positive way but we also need support – from governing bodies and social media platforms, in particular – and want to see action rather than words or gestures.

"We will continue to use our positions within the local community and alongside the club’s Community Sports Trust to promote equality and the message that football is for everyone.

"The Community Sports Trust delivers more than 100 workshops every year to school children around equality, diversity and inclusion.

"This coming week, as an ambassador of the Respect workshop, I will be helping reinforce those messages, and my team mates will continue to do so, too.

"We have to do more to create an equal society and we will do more."