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The Scotland team faced heavy criticism overnight following its decision not to take the knee during the Euro 2020 championship, in contrast to England’s determination to keep kneeling. Campaigning lawyer Aamer Anwar described the decision as “pathetic”, and called on the Scottish FA to explain how it can unite against racism “when you do the opposite?”
The move was also condemned by politicians. Kirsten Oswald, the SNP’s deputy leader at Westminster, said: “This is a mistake. Not taking the knee sends a really disappointing message from our national team.|
Newly elected Scottish Labour MSP Paul Sweeney said: “Standing is not an act of solidarity in any credible sense. It will actually communicate a problematic message on an international stage, especially in contrast to the moral courage shown by young black players in the England squad. I hope the Scotland squad will reconsider this”.
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