Scotland players opt against taking the knee before opening Euro 2020 tie with the Czech Republic

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Scotland players opt against taking the knee before opening Euro 2020 tie with the Czech Republic as both sets of players stand before kick-off… but Steve Clarke’s side WILL join England in Black Lives Matter gesture on Friday

Scotland’s players opted against taking the knee before their Euro 2020 opener against the Czech Republic on Monday, with both teams instead deciding to stand.

Unlike England at Wembley on Sunday afternoon, Steve Clarke’s side stood with their hands behind their backs, deciding not to partake in the anti-racism gesture at Hampden Park.

That is expected to change on Friday, though, after Scotland confirmed last week that they will join England by kneeling ahead of kick-off at Wembley in the two sides’ second match.

Scotland's players stand with their hands behind their backs before kick-off at Hampden Park

Scotland’s players stand with their hands behind their backs before kick-off at Hampden Park

Fans watched on ahead of the Czech Republic game as both sets of players stood silently

Fans watched on ahead of the Czech Republic game as both sets of players stood silently

Fans watched on ahead of the Czech Republic game as both sets of players stood silently

That decision was welcomed by Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon, who tweeted: ‘From kick-off at Wembley next Friday, Scotland and England will be the fiercest of opponents – but before that, the players will unite in solidarity against racism.

‘Good decision, Scotland – well done!’

There was initially some confusion over whether Scotland would or wouldn’t kneel, with the team initially saying they wouldn’t for any matches, before U-turning to confirm they will join follow England’s lead next Friday.

England knelt on Sunday and Scotland will join their opponents in London on Friday evening

England knelt on Sunday and Scotland will join their opponents in London on Friday evening

 England knelt on Sunday and Scotland will join their opponents in London on Friday evening

Speaking about the change of plans, the team’s captain Andy Robertson 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.’



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