Italy is by far the most impressive team in the European Championship. With a wonderful game and three victories, she advanced to the round of 16 where she will face Austria. However, a move of the team has not been recognized by the entire Italian public.
In the last match of the group stage, Italy played against Wales. All the players on the island decided to kneel before the game in support of racism, but most of the Italian players were still standing. Only Emerson Palmieri, Andrea Bellotti, Rafael Toloy, Matteo Persina and Federico Bernardeschi joined the Welsh team.
Part of the public and the media appealed to the players for this, especially considering that the outbreak of racism in the stands is relatively common in Italian football. The Federation issued a statement today explaining the actions of its players.
“On behalf of the whole team, I want to convince the public that we are fighting all kinds of racism. We discussed criticism after the last game and we want to emphasize our position. The fact that some players did not participate in kneeling does not mean that They ignore the fight against racism,” he said. League spokesperson Paul Colby added: “There is also a misunderstanding about how long it takes to kneel, so Federico Chiesa has only one second to show his support. As for the other players, they are confused. They focus on us. The key to the game because we ranked first in the group. It can be said that we are not ready for that moment. In the future, we will discuss and make a joint decision within ourselves to decide whether we all kneel.”
Although kneeling before a match has become a custom on the island, in Italian football, only one match begins and all players show collective support.