Scotland: Men's national team to stand rather than kneel in solidarity with fight against racism

Scotland team to take a stand in the wake of alleged abuse suffered by Glen Kamara of Rangers; Livingston midfielder Marvin Bartley and former Scotland midfielder Leanne Ross have joined as Scottish FA Equality Advisors

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 14: Scotland's players line up during a Nations League match between Scotland and Czech Republic at Hampden Park, on October 14 2020, in Glasgow, Scotland (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group) 1:20
Scotland assistant head coach Steven Reid and defender Declan Gallagher are both in support of the national team's decision to stand rather than kneel in the fight against racism

The Scotland national team will not take a knee in Thursday's World Cup qualification clash with Austria, but instead stand in solidarity with the fight against racism.

The Scottish game is uniting behind Glen Kamara, who reported being racially abused during Rangers' Europa League game against Slavia Prague last Thursday.

Celtic and Rangers chose to stand together against racism rather than take a knee prior to Sunday's Old Firm game.

And the Scottish FA's Equality and Diversity Advisory Board [EDAB] has announced a series of new board appointments, which it says are "designed to unite the game behind a common agenda to eradicate racism and all forms of discrimination, whilst promoting equality for all within the game".

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Livingston midfielder Marvin Bartley and former Scotland midfielder Leanne Ross have joined as Scottish FA Equality Advisors and EDAB "are expected to initiate an online summit they hope will involve the biggest names and advocates for equality in Scottish football to champion meaningful change".

Scottish FA Chief Executive Ian Maxwell said: "The incident involving Glen Kamara at Ibrox last week demonstrates that society and football still has a lot of work to do to eradicate racism.

"Scottish football's response shows the commitment to change and EDAB exists to be an agency for change, bringing consensus from across the game on all matters of equality and diversity.

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"After witnessing the scenes last Thursday, we contacted Rangers immediately through our equality team to offer our support and guidance through a range of services and we aim to continue that dialogue with any club directly affected by these issues.

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Both Celtic and Rangers players were united as they opted to stand rather than take a knee before the Old Firm clash

"Scottish football has helped raise awareness of the issue of racism by taking the knee throughout the season but there is an acknowledgement that more needs to be done than a gesture of support, especially in the increasing scourge of racist abuse to players via social media.

"Through our EDAB discussions we will explore ways of implementing meaningful change, with players at the centre of those discussions."

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