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Scotland perform u-turn on decision not to take the knee at Euro 2020

Scotland perform u-turn on decision not to take the knee at Euro 2020

Andy Robertson and the Scotland squad – – REUTERS

Scotland players will take the knee in solidarity with their England counterparts when they play at Wembley in Euro 2020.

The Scots had confirmed on Thursday that they would continue standing in solidarity against racism during the tournament but the reaction has prompted a partial rethink 24 hours later.

“In light of divisive and inaccurate comments being perpetuated by individuals and groups, whose views we denounce in the strongest terms, we have reflected today as a group,” head coach Steve Clarke said.

“For the avoidance of doubt: me, my coaching staff, my players and my backroom team take a stand against racism and all forms of unacceptable and discriminatory behaviour across society. We do so to raise awareness of the ongoing problem but also as a reminder to those who have the ultimate power and responsibility to implement meaningful change.

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“We will continue to take a stand – together, as one – for our matches at Hampden Park. For our match at Wembley, we will stand against racism and kneel against ignorance.”

Andy Robertson, Scotland’s captain, added: “Our position was – and remains – that the focus must be on meaningful change to fight discrimination in football and wider society.

In Scotland, the football family has stood against racism all season. It was our collective view that the national team would do the same.

Our stance is that everyone, players, fans, teams, clubs, federations, governing bodies and governments must do more. Meaningful action is needed if meaningful change is to occur.

But it is also clear, given the events around the England national team, taking the knee in this tournament matters as a symbol of solidarity.

For this reason, we have collectively decided to again take the knee as a team for the fixture against England at Wembley Stadium.

The Scotland team stands against racism but we will kneel against ignorance and in solidarity on June 18th.

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