Former Rangers WAG Jean Johansson called the Scottish Football Association “weak” for its stance on racism.
A Place in the Sun presenter Jean, who is married to Finnish coach and former Rangers man Jonatan Johansson, said the SFA’s approach to racism was “disappointing, false and weak” after telling the fans that they would continue to take a stand against racism ahead of kick-off for the whole of UEFA # EURO2020 matches.
They explained in a statement: “The Scottish men’s national team will continue to take a stand against racism ahead of the kick-off of all UEFA EURO 2020 matches.
The squad, coaching staff and backstage members will take a stand against racism ahead of Group D matches against the Czech Republic, England and Croatia.
Andy Robertson, captain of the Scottish Men’s National Team, explained: “It is important that we continue to tackle the issue of racism and raise awareness of the need to change attitudes but also behavior.”
“Ahead of 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.”
By taking a stand, this means that the team will not ‘go down on one knee’, that is, kneel down in protest against the unfair treatment of blacks, especially by sportsmen on a pitch before a. match.
Kneeling began in 2016, when some American athletes protested against police brutality and racism by kneeling on one knee during the United States national anthem.
Jean was not the only one to be upset by the news.
Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Braithwaite said: “I am extremely disappointed with the @ScotlandNT the decision to stand up instead of kneeling against racism.
Especially in light of their English counterparts refusing to bow to racists.
“I have no doubt their intentions are good, but this is truly a terrible example. Please reconsider.”
Glasgow SNP adviser Cathcart James Dornan said: So to show how much we are against racism, we intend to stand there as usual while others make a notable anti-racism move? Brave cry @ScotlandNT it’ll show them. ”
Fans also complained: “When the England team go down on their knees and the Scotland team not, what do you think it’s going to look like?”
Another added: “Kneeling is literally an internationally recognized symbol against racism, and doing so in matches has been led by black sportsmen. It lets the fans down. Think again, take the knee.”
Bt someone else said: “It has been very rarely done in 6N Rugby this year. Only a privileged few of all teams have done it. Why bring politics etc into a game? Racism happens to everyone, some more than others, which is FALSE. “