Euro 2020: Scotland to take a knee at Wembley but stand at Hampden

Andy Robertson (left) says: “To kneel in this tournament is a symbol of solidarity”

Scotland will go to their knees along with England when the teams clash at Wembley, but will take a stand against racism in their home group games at Euro 2020.

Steve Clarke’s team will host the Czech Republic on Monday before heading to England next Friday.

Croatia will come to Hampden for their final Group D game on June 22nd.

“Our position has been – and remains – that the focus must be on meaningful change to combat discrimination in football and in society at large,” said Clarke.

“I understand that some individuals and groups have tried to politicize or misrepresent the position of the Scottish national team on racism and all forms of discriminatory behavior at our UEFA EURO 2020 games, and especially during our visit to Wembley.

“To avoid any doubt: I, my coaching staff, my players and my backroom team stand up against racism and all forms of unacceptable and discriminatory behavior in society as a whole.

“We do this to raise awareness of the ongoing problem, but also as a reminder of those who have the ultimate power and responsibility to make meaningful change.

“We will continue to set an example – together, as a unit – for our games at Hampden Park. For our game at Wembley we will stand up against racism and kneel down against ignorance.”

England will go on their knees before all games, the gesture largely used last season ahead of the national games north and south of the border.

However, some players and teams have moved to take a stand.

And Scotland captain Andy Robertson, who plays his club football in Liverpool, commented: “Our stance is that everyone, players, fans, teams, clubs, federations, governing bodies and governments must do more to step up.

“But in view of the events surrounding the English national team, it is also clear that it is important to bend your knees at this tournament as a symbol of solidarity.”

Downing Street said Friday that fans shouldn’t boo players who take the knee after some fans mocked English players for making the gesture in the last two warm-up games.


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