At his side, even if not on his knees. The players union asks to close what it calls a “smear campaign” against the Azzurri on the theme of racism and kneeling at the European Championships. The national team that had not participated in the Black Lives Matter campaign by kneeling had created a bit of confusion when only 5 players knelt against Wales. Before the round of 16 against Austria, the Azzurri, pressed by many sides, had chosen not to join the campaign against racism. But the controversy had risen when, from Coverciano, they made it known that before the match in Monaco with Belgium the national team is ready to kneel, but only out of respect for the opponent.
There is Belgium, Italy kneels this time. Behind the non-adhesion to ‘Black Lives Matter’, a split locker room
by Matteo Pinci
June 28, 2021
The decision and motivation were harshly criticized. The choice to kneel without conviction appeared to be difficult to understand. The Assocalciatori then decided to underline that “all the players have lent their face and image by becoming direct protagonists in the initiatives against all forms of racism and discrimination” and also to “stigmatize without reserve the defamatory and instrumental campaign carried out against the players of Italian national team “.
Calcagno: “Blue unite, don’t divide”
“The Italian national team must unite and not divide” is the slogan that recalls Umberto Calcagno, president of the Italian Footballers’ Association. “Now the Azzurri” – he explains – “must be able to calmly prepare the challenge that awaits us tomorrow, far from controversy and absurd accusations. When it comes to fighting against all forms of racism and discrimination, as always we will. make many gestures, not just one, to testify to this commitment “.