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Scotland players have decided not to join neighbours England in taking a knee before their matches at Euro 2020.

The Three Lions will carry out the gesture before each of their games at the summer tournament, starting with their opener against Croatia on Sunday.

Gareth Southgate's side have taken a knee over the last year to signal their opposition to racial inequality, facing boos from a minority of fans on occasion.

England face Scotland in their second Group D match next Friday, and Steve Clarke's men met this week to discuss whether to take the knee.

The squad decided against taking part in the act; instead, they will send a message promoting racial equality by standing together before kick-off.

Scotland will stand before kick-off instead of kneeling
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Scotland adopted this approach before their World Cup qualifiers versus Austria and Israel in March.

A statement by the Scottish FA reads: "The Scotland Men’s National Team will continue to take a stand against racism prior to kick-off for all UEFA EURO 2020 matches.

"The squad, coaching staff and backroom members will stand up to racism ahead of the Group D matches against Czech Republic, England and Croatia."

Scotland welcome the Czech Republic to Hampden Park for their first game of the tournament on Monday afternoon.

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Their visitors are without centre-back Ondrej Kudela, who will miss Euro 2020 with a 10-match ban after he was found guilty of racially abusing Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara in a Europa League match in March.

Scotland's decision to stand before matches means they will remain upright while England's players and staff drop to one knee at Wembley next week.

Explaining the decision made by the squad, Scotland captain Andy Robertson said: "It is important we continue to tackle the issue of racism and raise awareness of the need to change people’s mindsets but also their behaviours.

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"Prior to our World Cup qualifiers in March we spoke as a group and felt that taking a stand was the best way for us to show solidarity and also to reinforce the need for meaningful change in society."

Scotland's choice means they join Group D rivals Croatia in not taking a knee, while the Czech Republic also seem highly unlikely to adopt the gesture.

Earlier this week, Czech assistant manager Jiri Chytry appeared to plead with Scottish fans not to be hostile to his side in the wake of Kudela's ban.

He said: "I hope there is nothing to be afraid of, because I don’t think we have done anything wrong towards the Scottish fans.

"As for the Kudela situation, of course it is very unpleasant and it’s something that happened and it remains to be solved.

"But we all focus on our performance, our game. I hope there is no bad blood between the Czech Republic and Scotland."