Scotland captain and Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson has confirmed alongside national team manager Steve Clarke that Scotland will take the knee against England next Friday.
The national team had originally decided to stand against racism for all three matches in the Euro 2020 group stage, but after backlash to the announcement, it’s been confirmed by the manager and Liverpool left-back that Scotland will kneel in solidarity with England. Scotland meet England next Friday.
Clarke said: “I am aware that some individuals and groups have sought to politicise or misrepresent the Scotland National Team position on taking a stand against racism and all forms of discriminatory behaviour in our UEFA EURO 2020 matches and, in particular, for our visit to Wembley.
“It is incumbent on me as the Head Coach to reiterate that we have done so from our first FIFA World Cup qualifiers and that it has been done in conjunction with clubs across Scottish football including Rangers and Celtic.
“I explained in March the rationale behind the squad decision: not only is it consistent with the collective approach from Scottish football above but the purpose of taking the knee, to raise awareness and help eradicate racism in football and society, has been diluted and undermined by the continuation of abuse towards players.
“We have therefore agreed that we will show solidarity with our counterparts in England, many of whom are team-mates of our own players, and who have found themselves on the receiving end of abuse from fans in recent international matches. We will continue to take a stand – together, as one – for our matches at Hampden Park.”
The Liverpool defender said: “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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