Scotland’s squad have chosen not to go down on their knees at Euro 2020; Instead, they will send a message promoting racial equality by standing together before kick-off
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Scotland players have decided not to bend their knees with neighbors England before their Euro 2020 games.
The Three Lions will perform the gesture before each of their games at the summer tournament, starting with their opening game against Croatia on Sunday.
Gareth Southgate’s squad got on their knees last year to show their opposition to racial inequality and have occasionally faced boos from a minority of fans.
England will face Scotland in Group D next Friday and Steve Clarke’s men met this week to discuss whether to take the knee.
The team decided against taking part in the act; Instead, they will send a message promoting racial equality by standing together before kick-off.
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Scotland adopted this approach ahead of qualifying for the World Cup against Austria and Israel in March.
A statement by the Scottish Football Association said: “The Scottish men’s national team will continue to take a stand against racism before the kick-off of all UEFA EURO 2020 matches.
“The squad, the coaching staff and the back rooms will take a stand against racism before the Group D games against the Czech Republic, England and Croatia.”
Scotland welcomed the Czech Republic to their first game of the tournament at Hampden Park on Monday afternoon.
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Their guests are without center-back Ondrej Kudela, who will miss Euro 2020 with a 10-game ban after being found guilty of racially abusing Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara in a Europa League match in March.
Scotland’s decision to stand before the games means they will stay upright as England’s players and staff fall to one knee at Wembley next week.
Scottish Captain Andy Robertson explained the squad’s decision: “It is important that we continue to address the issue of racism and raise awareness of the need to change the way people think and behave.
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“Before our World Cup qualification in March, we spoke as a group and felt that it was the best way for us to take a stand, to show solidarity and also to strengthen the need for meaningful change in society.”
Scotland’s election means they will not get on their knees along with Group D rivals Croatia, while the Czech Republic most likely will not adopt that gesture either.
Earlier this week, Czech assistant coach Jiri Chytry appeared to be asking Scottish fans not to be hostile to his side following the ban on kudela.
He said: “I hope there is nothing to worry about because I don’t think we did anything wrong to the Scottish fans.
“As for the Kudela situation, it is of course very uncomfortable and something has happened and has yet to be resolved.
“But we all focus on our performance, our game. I hope there is no bad blood between the Czech Republic and Scotland.”