What happened in football today: December 18, 2020

The FA take no action against Millwall and Colchester…

Millwall and Colchester will face no disciplinary action from the Football Association after some of their supporters booed players while taking a knee.

Millwall’s 1-0 home defeat to Derby County and Colchester United’s 2-1 home win over Grimsby Town were both overshadowed by sections of home support booing the anti-racism gesture.

Millwall said the club were “appalled and saddened by the events which marred their game against Derby County”. Colchester owner Robbie Cowling meanwhile said fans who want to boo players who take a knee are not welcome at the Essex club.

… as players make clear their support for taking a knee

Players “overwhelmingly support” continuing to take a knee before football matches to highlight racial inequality and tackle discrimination, the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) has said.

The PFA decided to consult with its members to see if they wanted to go ahead with the gesture after some fans in England booed it.

The PFA also accused the EFL of showing a “lack of leadership” on the issue.

Thiago resumes training

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp revealed in his press conference on Friday that summer signing Thiago has returned to training following his knee injury.

Thiago, 29, has been out since October after picking up an injury in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on October 17. It was the same game that saw influential defender Virgil van Dijk sidelined for the rest of the 2020-21 campaign.

“He is looking forward [to get his Liverpool career up and running]”, Klopp said. “We’re already making jokes here that we should sign Thiago for January. He’s getting closer and closer but we’re not going to rush it.

Celtic focus on UK transfers

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has said his club are focusing on the UK transfer market due to Brexit.

With no agreement between the UK and the European Union before the end of the transition period on January 1, the rules regarding Scottish clubs bringing in players from the EU are unclear.

Lennon said: “We’ve looked at that and we’re probably looking at the UK market more than anything else. I think it will be difficult after the end of the year to bring in players from the continent, as far as we know.

Kimmich back in Bayern Munich squad

Joshua Kimmich, who underwent knee surgery last month, is back in Bayern Munich’s squad for their Bundesliga game against Bayer Leverkusen.

Although the club initially feared he would be ruled out until the New Year, head coach Hans-Dieter Flick chose Kimmich to travel with the rest of his first team for Friday night’s game.

In his pre-match press conference, Flick said: “He now has to decide with the medical team how to move forward. I’m not someone who will put pressure on others – we want to minimize mistakes. He has a long career ahead of him and we don’t want to rush anything.

Analyze the arguments against kneeling

With the help of former Premier League striker Marvin Sordell, go further below to read Athleticism try to answer and explain the arguments we hear against kneeling and other anti-racism measures.

The idea is not to attack but to try to help people understand why this means so much to so many people. We hope this helps.

(Photos: CLIVE BRUNSKILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images, Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images, Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images, M. Donato/FC Bayern via Getty Images)

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