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Scotland in U-turn over taking the knee and support England ahead of Euro 2020

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Scotland have backtracked on their decision to not take the knee before matches and will join England in doing so when they meet at Euro 2020 next weekend.

Steve Clarke and his squad chose to stand against racism rather than take the knee in World Cup qualifiers Austria and Israel back in March.

And ahead of their opening Euro 2020 fixture against Czech Republic on Monday, the Scottish Football Association released a statement this week saying: "The squad, coaching staff and backroom members will stand up to racism ahead of the Group D matches against Czech Republic, England and Croatia.”

However, in a surprise U-turn Clarke has now issued a statement explaining that his squad will now take the knee when they line up against old rivals England on June 18.

"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," the Scotland boss said.

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"We remain committed to our principles of taking a stand, but we must also be unequivocal in condemning the opportunistic false narrative being presented by some.

"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. For our match at Wembley, we will stand against racism and kneel against ignorance."

Scotland captain Andy Robertson also said: "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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"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 18."

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