When Sheffield United's players will - and won't - be taking a knee at the European Championships
Rhys Norrington-Davies and his Wales team mates have agreed to ‘Take the Knee’ before all of their matches at the European Championships, despite a number of other countries revealing they will no longer do so.
The Sheffield United player and his colleagues pledged to continue with the gesture, which is designed to show their opposition to racism in all its forms, following a discussion ahead of their opening group encounter later today.
Scotland, who have named United’s John Fleck in their squad for the tournament, have revealed they will follow suit before next week’s meeting with England but are expected to remain standing when they face Croatia and the Czech Republic at Hampden Park.
The decision has been criticised by some politicians north of the border, with MSP Paul Sweeney accusing Steve Clarke’s men of not showing “solidarity” with anti-racism campaigns in “any credible sense” before urging them to reconsider.
Explaining the thinking behind their move, Wales’ Ben Cabango said: “It’s good to all be as one and take the knee because it shows we are making progress.”
Robert Page’s side face Switzerland in Baku this afternoon, before meetings with Italy and Turkey. Norrington-Davies, who despite being selected by Page has yet to make his senior debut for United, hopes to start the encounter after impressing in midfield during the recent friendly with Albania.
After it was first adopted by footballers last year, some supporters have begun to express their displeasure at the practice with many of those who attended England’s warm-up games against Romania and Austria choosing to boo it.
Andy Robertson, the Scotland captain, insisted his colleagues remain committed to tackling “the issue of racism” and raising “awareness of the need to change people’s mindsets” despite confirming they will no longer do so as a rule.
"Prior to our World Cup qualifiers in March, we spokeas a group and felt that taking a stand was the best way for us to show solidarity and also to reinforce the need to make meaningful changes in society,” Robertson added.
Scotland begin their Euro campaign against the Czech’s in Glasgow on Monday.