THE question to ask isn’t ‘why take the knee’, but ‘why wouldn’t you?’.

In an astonishingly ill-judged series of moves, Scotland’s football team tied itself in knots over taking the knee at the Euros as a statement against racism. First, Scotland said players wouldn’t kneel, but would stand.

Then, once the inevitable backlash came from a public disgusted at the thought of white Scottish players standing while black English players knelt, Scotland said the team would remain standing for Hampden matches, but both stand and kneel at Wembley. Eh? Make sense of that. I dare you.

The statement read: “For our match at Wembley, we will stand against racism, and kneel against ignorance.” This nonsense makes a sham of protest against racism.

There can only be four reasons why Scotland cannot do as England. 

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