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Euro 2021: the English and the Scots knee to the ground before the shock at Wembley


While the Scots had announced their intention not to kneel, they ended up doing so before the start of the "derby"

After the 'Flower of Scotland' and 'God Save the Queen' were picked up intensely by over 20,000 spectators in Wembley, it was questioned whether or not the players and referees would take the time to put one knee to the ground before the kick-off.

In their first match against Croatia, the English did not hesitate to make this gesture of protest against discrimination despite the whistles that had emanated from their own supporters during the preparation matches.

In addition, the Scots had been clear and warned: no knee to the ground during the Euro. The coach Steve Clarke had justified this decision by the fact that the meaning of this gesture symbolizing the fight against racism was "a little diluted". Left-back and captain Andrew Robertson said: “We discussed it as a group and felt that taking a stand was the best way for us to show our solidarity and also to reinforce the need for meaningful change in society. It is important that we continue to tackle the problem of racism and make people aware of the need to change their mentalities but also their behavior ”.

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Finally, all the actors put one knee on the ground for a few seconds.

And finally the Scots seem to have adopted the opposite attitude of the French who had announced their desire to put one knee on the ground before the match against Germany to finally give it up.

Source: leparis

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