Boos for England and Scotland players taking a knee at Wembley are drowned out by raucous applause and cheers… but Three Lions fans ignore FA’s pleas to respect the Scottish anthem and jeer it instead
England and Scotland stars were booed for taking a knee moments before kick-off in their hotly anticipated Euro 2020 encounter at Wembley.
Both sets of players took a knee just seconds before the game got underway, where the boos were drowned out by applause and cheers inside the stadium from.
But Scotland’s national anthem, Flower of Scotland, was booed by England supporters despite pleas from the Football Association for supporters to respect the anthem.
England and Scotland players took a knee moments before kick-off in their Euro 2020 game
The two teams were met with cheers and applause which drowned out a smattering of jeers
Scotland’s players opted against taking the knee before their Euro 2020 opener against the Czech Republic on Monday, with both teams instead deciding to stand. They then decided to stand with England as a symbol of unity.
Speaking of those plans, Scotland captain Andy Robertson said: ‘Our position was – and remains – that the focus must be on meaningful change to fight discrimination in football and wider society.
‘In Scotland, the football family has stood against racism all season. It was our collective view that the national team would do the same.
‘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.’
England manager Gareth Southgate has already spoken out against fans booing taking a knee.
‘It’s not something on behalf of our black players I wanted to hear because it feels as though it’s a criticism of them,’ Southgate said after the Euro 2020 warm-up win over Romania. ‘I think we have got a situation where some people seem to think it’s a political stand that they don’t agree with.
Scotland took a knee alongside England as a symbol of unity ahead of the game at Wembley
‘That’s not the reason the players are doing it. We’re supporting each other. I was pleased that was drowned out by the majority of the crowd.
‘We can’t deny the fact that it happened. I think the most important thing for our players to know is all their teammates and all the staff are very supportive. I think the majority of people understand it.
‘I think some people aren’t quite understanding the message. I suppose we’re seeing that across a number of football grounds at the moment.’