'Should be ashamed': Uproar over 'disgusting' scenes at Euro 2020

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England and Scotland players, pictured here taking a knee before their Euro 2020 match.
England and Scotland players take a knee ahead of their Euro 2020 Group D match. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)

The football world was left disgusted on Friday over unsavoury scenes before England's clash with Scotland at Euro 2020.

The fierce rivals played out a 0-0 draw at Wembley Stadium to leave Group D wide open.

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But it was controversial scenes that took place before the match that were the talking point afterwards.

Both sets of spectators in attendance loudly booed the other team's national anthem while they were being played before kick-off.

England supporters ignored pleas from the Football Association to respect the Scottish anthem amid fears that such an incident would occur.

The Scotland team, pictured here singing the National Anthem before their clash with England.
The Scotland team sing the National Anthem before their clash with England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

There was also a number of spectators who could be heard booing when both teams took a knee for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Scotland players opted not to kneel during their opening Group D match, but changed their minds for Friday's game.

"Our position was – and remains – that the focus must be on meaningful change to fight discrimination in football and wider society," Scotland captain Andy Robertson said.

"In Scotland, the football family has stood against racism all season. It was our collective view that the national team would do the same.

"Our stance is that everyone, players, fans, teams, clubs, federations, governing bodies and governments must do more. Meaningful action is needed if meaningful change is to occur.

"But it is also clear, given the events around the England national team, taking the knee in this tournament matters as a symbol of solidarity."

England manager Gareth Southgate has previously spoken out against fans who boo the kneeling protest.

"It’s not something on behalf of our black players I wanted to hear because it feels as though it’s a criticism of them," Southgate said after a Euro 2020 warm-up game against Romania. 

"I think we have got a situation where some people seem to think it’s a political stand that they don’t agree with.

"That’s not the reason the players are doing it. We’re supporting each other. I was pleased that was drowned out by the majority of the crowd.

"We can’t deny the fact that it happened. I think the most important thing for our players to know is all their teammates and all the staff are very supportive. I think the majority of people understand it.

"I think some people aren’t quite understanding the message. I suppose we’re seeing that across a number of football grounds at the moment."

TV viewers flocked to social media to condemn the ugly scenes, with many labelling the actions of spectators "disgusting" and "shameful".

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Lacklustre England held in check by Scotland

England missed a chance to book their place in the last 16 as Scotland kept their own hopes alive with a well deserved 0-0 draw.

Southgate's side would have been guaranteed to advance from Group D with a win over their old rivals at Wembley.

But a lethargic England side managed just one shot on target and Scotland's combative display could easily have earned all three points.

Scotland players, pictured here after their draw with England.
Che Adams, Andrew Robertson, Lyndon Dykes and Billy Gilmour react after Scotland's draw with England. (Photo by FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Despite a flop that saw them booed off at full-time, England have four points and will be certain of qualifying if they avoid defeat by the Czech Republic in their last group game on Tuesday.

Scotland, in their first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup, looked far more composed than in their opening 2-0 loss to the Czech Republic.

They remain in with a chance of going through if they win their final match against Croatia.

England's lack of cutting edge was a major issue for Southgate, who responded to Harry Kane's second successive lacklustre effort by hauling off his captain after 75 minutes.

with AFP

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