Claps drown out boos as England and Scotland take knee at Wembley

England and Scotland taking the knee ahead of their Euro 2020 encounter was met with the support of the majority of the crowd at Wembley.

Both sets of players and staff dropped to one knee in support of racial equality immediately before kick-off in the Group D fixture.

While there were cheers from some supporters, they were swiftly overwhelmed by applause and cheers from most of the 21,500 fans in attendance.

England boss Gareth Southgate and his players have pledged to take the knee ahead of each of their Euro 2020 fixtures this summer.

Scotland, meanwhile, performed a U-turn after initially deciding not to carry out the gesture.

Southgate, his players and the Scotland contingent took the knee before kick-off
Southgate, his players and the Scotland contingent took the knee before kick-off

Steve Clarke’s squad held talks over taking the knee and decided they would instead “take a stand” to show their support for racial equality.

But Scotland captain Andy Robertson later confirmed his side would join England by dropping to the Wembley turf as a one-off act.

“The Scotland team stands against racism but we will kneel against ignorance and in solidarity on June 18th,” said Robertson in a statement.

“We have collectively decided to again take the knee as a team for the fixture against England at Wembley Stadium.

“It is clear, given the events around the England national team, taking the knee in this tournament matters as a symbol of solidarity.

“In Scotland, the football family has stood against racism all season. It was our collective view that the national team would do the same.”

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Manager Clarke suggested Scotland were on the receiving end of “divisive and inaccurate comments” as they decided how to voice their opposition to racism.

“We will continue to take a stand – together as one – for our matches at Hampden Park,” he said.

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

Meanwhile, the FA released a statement ahead of the match pleading with fans not to boo the opposition’s national anthem or players from both sides taking the knee.

“On behalf of the manager and the team, please support England in the right way, before, during and after the fixture,” reads the statement.

“This includes showing respect to each national anthem before the game. We are playing at home and we need the supporters to fully get behind the team.

“We are very pleased that both England and Scotland players will demonstrate unity when they take the knee ahead of kick-off.

“We thank the Scottish team for this showing of solidarity as together we highlight our common values of respect and equality.

“Please do respect the players when they take the knee as they continue to highlight and challenge discrimination, in all its forms.

“Football is about celebrating pride and passion, not shouting abuse or discrimination. We hope everybody enjoys the day and shows their support in a way that will do their country proud, both inside and outside of Wembley Stadium.”

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