I’m grateful to reader and contributor, stewartb, for drawing my attention to this.
From Sally Magnusson last night
Scotland’s players will now ‘take the knee’ ahead of their second Euros match against England at Wembley next Friday. They had planned to ‘take a stand’, as they put it, against racism in all three of their appearances in the group stages.
Then after her suggestion that this is ‘a mess‘, we hear from Alistair Lamont:
The Scotland squads focus is firmly on preparing for Monday’s Euro 2020 opening match against the Czech Republic but the decision to ‘stand against racism’ rather than ‘take the knee’ caused a stir.
I think the message is clear. The Scotland team, manager and players are confused or perhaps worse, less committed to the anti-racist cause than they should be. As with all things, why don’t they just do what England does?
First, the ‘stir‘, what ‘stir?’ Labour’s Paul Sweeney and two misguided SNP councillors? From informed Livingston captain, Marvin Bartley, only praise:
Second, the ‘mess’, is it? Perhaps you might imagine one but only if you leave something out to change the meaning.
Here’s the actual statement by the manager, Steve Clarke:
We will continue to take a stand – together, as one – for our matches at Hampden Park. For our match at Wembley, we will stand against racism and kneel against ignorance.
The ignorance they have in mind is that which has led to some English fans booing their own players and, consequently, the Scottish players agreed to kneel against that ignorance in Wembley where it is likely to happen.
Their own preferred approach, absent the English moron fans, is to stand as has become the preferred approach in Scottish football.
This is a coherent, principled and, as Stuart put it to me, ‘admirable aspect to the Scottish team’s collective decision‘ BUT Reporting Scotland preferred instead to present an imagined mess by leaving out the full quote and the rationale behind it.
Here is the full statement from Manager, Steve Clarke :
As Stuart points out
‘This is a blatant, outrageous omission of an important, actually admirable aspect of the Scottish team’s collective decision.