11 Jun Scotland make U-turn on kneeling stance, will be a part of England in solidarity
Scotland captain Andy Robertson has confirmed his team will be a part of England in taking the knee in an anti-racism gesture when the 2 sides meet at Wembley in Euro 2020 on June 18.
This U-turn follows their unique assertion on Thursday which stated the team would collectively stand, fairly than kneel, of their three Euro 2020 group matches.
This drew criticism from some politicians which prompted Scotland to satisfy once more on Friday.
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Following inner talks, supervisor Steve Clarke and Robertson issued an announcement on Friday saying they might now kneel with England.
Gareth Southgate’s squad have been booed by a piece of followers earlier than each warm-up video games at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium in opposition to Austria and Romania final week as they made the anti-racism gesture.
Politicians have waded into the talk with one Conservative Member of Parliament, Lee Anderson, claiming he’ll boycott watching England’s video games at Euro 2020, including “this isn’t the way in which” to stamp out racism.
Scotland met on Friday to debate altering their method, with Clarke saying they thought of the “divisive and inaccurate feedback” being directed at Scotland by “people and teams, whose views we denounce within the strongest phrases” following their name to all stand.
Greg Hepburn, an SNP Councillor for Calton Ward, wrote on Twitter: “That is extraordinarily misguided. Please take the knee and present solidarity. If we stand while England and others kneel we’ll solely be giving one message and that’s certainly one of cowardice.”
The gamers have now agreed they may kneel in opposition to England, however stand at Hampden Park for his or her matches in opposition to Czech Republic and Croatia.
“Now we have agreed that we are going to present solidarity with our counterparts in England, a lot of whom are teammates of our personal gamers, and who’ve discovered themselves on the receiving finish of abuse from followers in current worldwide matches,” Clarke stated.
Scotland’s gamers switched to standing from taking the knee firstly of their World Cup qualifying marketing campaign in March.
Clarke at the moment stated the knee gesture had grow to be “possibly a bit diluted” from the message they wished to ship.
“Our place was — and stays — that the main target have to be on significant change to struggle discrimination in football and wider society,” Robertson stated. “In Scotland, the football household has stood in opposition to racism all season. It was our collective view that the nationwide team would do the identical.
“Our stance is that everybody, gamers, followers, teams, golf equipment, federations, governing our bodies and governments should do extra. Significant motion is required if significant change is to happen. However additionally it is clear, given the occasions across the England nationwide team, taking the knee on this event issues as an emblem of solidarity.
“For that reason, now we have collectively determined to once more take the knee as a team for the fixture in opposition to England at Wembley Stadium. The Scotland team stands in opposition to racism however we’ll kneel in opposition to ignorance and in solidarity on June 18.”