Scotland players decide they WON’T take the knee at Euro 2020 and will STAND opposite England’s kneeling stars in their Auld Enemy clash at Wembley after saying the anti-racism gesture’s meaning has been ‘diluted’
- The Scotland team will not be taking the knee before matches at Euro 2020
- Manager Steve Clarke held a meeting with his squad to discuss the matter
- England’s players were booed by sections of their own fans when taking the knee
- Scotland insist they will continue to make a stand against racism throughout
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here.
Scotland have confirmed they will not take the knee at Euro 2020 and will instead continue to take a stand against racism.
There had been talk of Steve Clarke’s squad joining England in a show of solidarity by taking the knee ahead of next Friday’s game at Wembley.
England’s players were booed by sections of their own fans when doing so before their recent warm-up matches in Middlesbrough.
The Scotland team will not be taking the knee before matches at Euro 2020
In light of that, Clarke said he would speak to his players this week before deciding if they would reverse a decision taken in March to no longer take the knee. They felt then that the symbol had become diluted.
But the SFA have now revealed that their stance has not changed.
A statement read: ‘The Scotland Men’s National Team will continue to take a stand against racism prior to kick-off for all UEFA EURO 2020 matches.
Steve Clarke held a meeting with his men in which it was decided the knee has been ‘diluted’
‘The squad, coaching staff and backroom members will stand up to racism ahead of the Group D matches against Czech Republic, England and Croatia.’
Captain Andy Robertson added: ‘It is important we continue to tackle the issue of racism and raise awareness of the need to change people’s mindsets but also their behaviours.
‘Prior to our World Cup qualifiers in March we spoke as a group and felt that taking a stand was the best way for us to show solidarity and also to reinforce the need for meaningful change in society.’
Speaking in March, Clarke said: ‘Recent events and past events show that you have to keep changing people’s mindsets about racism.
‘I think the knee when it was first proposed and first taken was a really powerful symbol. It’s maybe now become a little diluted.
During the group stage clash with England, Scotland will remaining standing prior to kick-off
‘There’s been some high-profile cases recently, which show racism and the abuse is still there. It’s not acceptable to anybody.
‘And maybe just taking a stand as opposed to the knee will just waken everybody up to the fact that if we go to sleep it will never go away.
‘We have to keep confronting it, pushing forward and making sure that in years to come racism of any form is not acceptable.’
EACH COUNTRY’S STANCE TO THE KNEE AHEAD OF EURO 2020
Turkey – No confirmation, but not take the knee in recent games
Italy – No confirmation, but did not take against Czech Republic
Wales – Will take the knee
Switzerland – No confirmation, but did not take knee in recent games
Denmark – Will take the knee
Finland – Will take the knee
Belgium – Will take the knee
Russia – Will not take the knee
Netherlands – No confirmation, but players have been vocal in their BLM support
Ukraine – No confirmation, but no evidence to suggest they will
Austria – Will take the knee after joining England in act of solidarity during friendly
North Macedonia – No confirmation, but did not take the knee against Kazakhstan
England – Will take the knee
Scotland – No confirmation, players and staff to hold discussions
Croatia – Players given the choice; did not take the knee in most recent friendly game
Czech Republic – Will not take the knee
Spain – No confirmation, have avoided gesture in recent friendlies
Sweden – No confirmation, have avoided gesture in recent friendlies
Poland – Will not take the knee
Slovakia – Will not take the knee
Hungary – Will not take the knee, as was the case against Republic of Ireland
Portugal – No confirmation, but did take knee in recent Spain friendly
France – No confirmation, but star players are in favour of taking the knee
Germany – No confirmation, but did not take the knee in recent friendlies
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