Scotland decide to stand rather than kneel in anti-racism gesture

Scottish football association has announced that Scottish players will be taking a stand in anti-racism gesture ahead of their three Euro 2020 group games rather than taking the knee. The Scotland squad switched to stand for the start of their World Cup qualifying campaign in March after head coach Steve Clarke claimed that the knee gesture had become a little diluted.

This move has followed several Scottish Premiership clubs switching gestures in a bid to reinforce the anti-racism message after Glen Kamara, Rangers midfielder, was racially abused in a match against Slavia Prague in Europa League for which Slavia Prague defender, Ondrej Kudela received a 10 match ban from UEFA for the comments that he passed on Kamara during the match.

England players will continue to take a knee as a sign of protest against racial abuse during the tournament despite being booed by some of their own supporters during their friendly games against Austria and Romania.

Scotland captain, Andy Robertson has said that it is important that we continue to tackle the issue of racism and raise awareness of the need to change people’s mindset but also their behaviour.

Scotland is set to play the Czech Republic on Monday and the ban on Kudela will be adding some extra tension in the game.

 

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