The commander of the Italian football crew said its players had not yet chosen whether they would take the knee before their Euro 2020 game against Austria at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
Talking during a public interview on Friday night, Leonardo Bonucci said: “When we get back to the inn, we will all choose together what to do collectively. On the off chance that the solicitation is made, we will discuss it … If there is the real trick and want to make a signal against racism.”His remarks came after the Italian every day Corriere della Sera revealed before on Friday that neither Italy nor Austria had told Uefa and the game’s official that their players would be taking the knee before the match. A solicitation should be made two days before a game, the paper said. A choice not to make the emblematic signal against bigotry was purportedly pointed toward staying away from a rehash of what occurred before Italy played Wales in Rome on Sunday, when five Italian players took the knee however others stood.
Italy mentor Roberto Mancini said: “The main thing for me is freedom.” Meanwhile, David Alaba, the skipper of Austria, said in Friday night that the group would take the knee.
The counter prejudice signal has gotten noticeable in game and Black Lives Matter fights, particularly those that followed the homicide of George Floyd last year.The England group has driven the route in taking the knee all through the European football title, which was rescheduled from 2020 due to the Covid pandemic, albeit the motion has isolated fans.
It has likewise separated European groups, for certain crews, or individual players, taking the knee and others not. A few group have contended that the image is political and doesn’t achieve significant change in handling prejudice.
The Italian players who abstained from making the motion before the game against Wales were firmly condemned. Enrico Letta, the previous leader, said: “Watching on Sunday, with every one of the Wales players bowing and just [five] of the Italian players doing it, it was anything but a decent picture.”
In the midst of the reactions, Paolo Corbi, the Italy group’s correspondence boss, said: “in the interest of the whole crew, we reaffirm that we are against all types of bigotry. Holding fast or not to a type of dissent, a representative one at that, doesn’t mean disregarding the battle against prejudice.”