Kneeling before a game kicks off to bring awareness about the Black Lives Matter movement has become a norm in English football now, with most players doing so before any match.
However, not everyone has the same principles about taking the knee.
He replied: "This is a personal right of every person [to kneel or not to kneel]. Mine is different.
"I respect the right of all people, but at the same time I am ready to kneel before God."
Not all of Zenit's players and coaching staff followed Chelsea's actions before the game as some of the opponents did not take the knee.