The Scotland national team has decided to stand against racism, instead of taking the knee.

The decision comes ahead of Scotland’s World Cup qualifier with Austria.

The issue of racism has been prevalent in Scotland in the past week, with the country standing behind Rangers’ Glen Kamara. After he reported that he was racially abused during Rangers’ Europa League fixture with Slavia Prague.

Prior to Sunday’s Old Firm game between Celtic and Rangers, the two sides stood in unison against racism.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MARCH 21: Both sets of players stand together in solidarity against Racism during the Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park, on March 21, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Scottish FA statement

Chief executive of the Scottish FA Ian Maxwell said: “The incident involving Glen Kamara at Ibrox last week demonstrates that society and football still has a lot of work to do to eradicate racism.

“Scottish football’s response shows the commitment to change and EDAB exists to be an agency for change, brining consensus from across the game on all matters of equality and diversity.

“After witnessing the scenes last Thursday, we contacted Rangers immediately through our equality team to offer our support and guidance through a range of services and we aim to continue that dialogue with any club directly affected by these issues.”

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He continued: “Scottish football has helped raise awareness of the issue of racism by taking the knee throughout the season but there is an acknowledgement that more needs to be done than a gesture of support, especially in the increasing scourge of racist abuse to players via social media.

“Through our EDAB discussions we will explore ways of implementing meaningful change, with players at the centre of those discussions.”

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