The Croatian national side do not currently intend on taking the knee when they face England at Wembley on Sunday afternoon, report The Athletic.
Premier League players, and England stars alike, have been taking the knee ahead of kick-off in a show of support for the Black Lives Matter movement and in an act of solidarity against all forms of discrimination.
However, while you’d like to think all football fans would be in agreement that there is no room for racism in our sport, some supporters have missed the point and instead are resenting the politicisation of the game.
In both of England’s warm-up games at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough, boos have been heard ahead of kick-off as the Three Lions players took the knee.
Despite that, Gareth Southgate has insisted that the England players will still be taking the knee throughout their Euro 2020 campaign, undeterred by the boo-boys, as the Independent report.
The Athletic do report, though, that Croatia spokesperson Tomislav Pacak has confirmed there is no intention to join England in taking the knee before kick-off at Wembley on Sunday.
Pacak told the press that, with taking the knee not being a rule written out in UEFA’s protocols, the Croatian players will not be doing it with the England players at the start of their group opener.
Though that’s not really the point, there is no obligation to follow England in the act of solidarity, and doing so only because you’re being told to do so would hardly be very impactful, would it?
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