At the European Championships, Scotland’s players will stand up to racism.
Rather of kneeling before games, Scotland’s players will “stand up against racism” in Euro 2020.
After head coach Steve Clarke claimed the knee gesture had become “maybe a little bit diluted,” the team moved to standing for the start of their World Cup qualifying campaign in March.
Following several Scottish Premiership clubs switching gestures in an attempt to underline the anti-racism message, the decision was made.
“The players, coaching staff, and backroom members will stand up to bigotry ahead of the Group D matches against Czech Republic, England, and Croatia,” the Scottish Football Association said in a statement.
“It is critical that we continue to address the issue of racism and increase awareness of the need to change people’s thinking as well as their behaviors,” Captain Andy Robertson remarked.
“We talked as a group prior to our World Cup qualifiers in March and decided that taking a stand was the best way for us to express solidarity while also reinforcing the need for serious change in society.”
Before their games, England players are expected to take a knee as a protest against racial discrimination. Before last week’s warm-up games against Austria and Romania at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium, several supporters booed the gesture.
The Czech Republic, Scotland’s first opponents, will be without Slavia Prague midfielder Ondrej Kudela, who got a 10-match UEFA suspension for making racist remarks at Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara in Glasgow in March.