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Scotland Captain Andy Robertson Releases Statement Supporting Players Taking A Knee Against Racism

The Liverpool left back made no bones about his views of fans booing the English National Team for taking a knee, and asserts that his Scottish side will join in the symbolic peaceful protest against racist abuse

Scotland Portraits - UEFA Euro 2020 Photo by Aitor Alcalde - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

Liverpool FC are a club in a lucky position that not only do they have some of the best players in the world playing for their club, they are also a club full of leaders. Several of the players serve as captains of their national teams, though ironically Liverpool’s captain, Jordan Henderson, is somehow not the captain of England (but that’s a story for another day).

Andrew Robertson has served as the captain for Scotland these past couple of years, and he is showing his maturity in the role. After the England National Team was booed for taking a knee in a warm up friendly last week, Robertson and Scottish head coach Steve Clarke put out joint statements to show their support for the England players. You can read Robbo’s statement below.

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.

For this reason, we have collectively decided to again take the knee as a team for the fixture against England at Wembley Stadium.

The Scotland team stands against racism but we will kneel against ignorance and in solidarity on June 18th.

It is great to see Andy Robertson not just take a knee himself, but take a vocal stance about the need for the continued symbolic form of protest about the racist abuse so many players continue to face, both online and in person.

On a lighter note, Robbo also showed his teammates how much he cares about them ahead of the European Championships. Hey sent each player a care package with an assortment of goodies, including his favorite drink, Irn Bru.

Andy Robertson and Scotland kick off their tournament on Monday against the Czech Republic in Glasgow.