All on their feet: The Azure will not kneel

Now it’s certain: on Saturday at Wembley, we won’t see a situation like the one we saw against Wales, just 5 Italian players on their knees to show their solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Italian national team players

Italian national team players (Photo Ansa)

for every Italy and Austria, a highly anticipated match valid for the round of 16 of the European Championship, None of the 22 players on the field will kneel against racism. Now for sure we won’t see a situation like the one we had against Wales on Saturday at Wembley. In fact, on the occasion of the last game of the group stage, only 5 players from Italy got on their knees to show their solidarity with the team. movimento black lives matter, Participates in the fight against all forms of racial discrimination.

UEFA has not received any requests from the Italian or Austrian national teams On the anti-racist mobilization that was born in the United States and that in recent weeks has also made its way to Europe. The blues, confirms Corriere della Sera, They made a clear decision: don’t kneel. And despite the team’s repeated note that they were “against racism,” the streak of all attitudes eventually prevailed.

The reasons for the decision will be clarified at the press conference on the eve of the captain of the national team, Leonardo Bonucci. So far, the Union line has been, according to President Gabriel Gravina, “leaving the boys free to pursue their passions.” After the match with Wales, the issue became political, with an appeal from Secretary Pd Enrico Letta and the following controversy by the League’s leader, Matteo Salvini. Hence the need to maintain uniform behavior to avoid new confusions.

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