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Croatia will not ask players to take a knee at Euro 2020

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Croatian players are under no obligation to take a knee before Euro 2020 games, the country's football federation announced Thursday, saying that the gesture was not relevant in the Balkans.

Croatia play their tournament opener against England, who will take a knee, on Sunday in London.

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick popularised the gesture in 2016 and it has been widely used as part of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Belgium players took a knee in the recent friendly with Croatia, who decided against the gesture.

Croatia "respectfully stood in silence during the kneeling of their Belgian colleagues", a federation statement said.

The federation respects the Croatian players' stance and will not impose the gesture as an obligation since "in Croatian culture and tradition it does not symbolise the fight against racism and discrimination", it said.

Premier League players have been taking a knee before kick-off since the death of George Floyd, who was killed by a police officer in the United States last year.

Group D also features Scotland and the Czech Republic.

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Fixtures
Sat 26 Jun 21 18:00 PM (SAST)
Wales
Denmark
Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
Sat 26 Jun 21 21:00 PM (SAST)
Italy
Austria
Wembley Stadium, London
Sun 27 Jun 21 18:00 PM (SAST)
Netherlands
Third Place Group D/E/F
Puskas Arena, Budapest
Results
Wed 23 Jun 21
Sweden 3
Poland 2
Wed 23 Jun 21
Slovakia 0
Spain 5
Tue 22 Jun 21
Czech Republic 0
England 1
Logs
Team
P
W
PTS
1. Italy Group A
3
3
9
2. Wales Group A
3
1
4
3. Switzerland Group A
3
1
4
4. Turkey Group A
3
0
0