The Professional Footballers Association of Ireland has confirmed that SSE Airtricity League players will take a knee before matches when the domestic soccer season resumes on 31 July.

PFAI members will do so in support of the Black Lives Matter campaign for eight rounds of games from 31 July to 27 September, in a move similar to the way their counterparts in the Premier League have commenced matches prior to kick-off since the English football season resumed in June.

"The players will continue this for eight series of games to mark the untimely death of George Floyd and stand in solidarity with fellow professionals, civil society and the worldwide campaign for equality and fair treatment in life and sport," the PFAI said in a statement, adding that agreement followed discussions between clubs through the FAI's intercultural officer Des Tomlinson.

"We would like to thank the FAI for their assistance on this and the league steering group which includes referees and clubs for their support."

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