Scotland will NOT take the knee at Euro 2020

The Scottish football team will “stand up to racism” instead of taking the knee at the European Championships this summer.

The Scotland squad reverted to standing before games back in March when manager Steve Clarke suggested the knee stance had become “a little diluted”. There had been talk that Scotland may change their position on the matter ahead of the tournament which kicks off on Friday, but a statement by the Scottish FA has now ruled that out.

The decision means that only England will continue to adopt the BLM-inspired gesture in Group D with Czech Republic also refusing to take the knee and Croatia choosing not to do so.

The SFA statement read: “The Scotland Men’s National Team will continue to take a stand against racism prior to kick-off for all UEFA EURO 2020 matches.

“The squad, coaching staff and backroom members will stand up to racism ahead of the Group D matches against Czech Republic, England and Croatia.’

Captain Andy Robertson added: “It is important we continue to tackle the issue of racism and raise awareness of the need to change people’s mindsets but also their behaviours.

“Prior to our World Cup qualifiers in March we spoke as a group and felt that taking a stand was the best way for us to show solidarity and also to reinforce the need for meaningful change in society.”

England will face Scotland at Wembley on Friday 18 June for their second group game of the tournament.