In a press conference this Wednesday, Raphaël Varane explained the decision of the Blues not to finally put the knee on the ground before their meeting of the Euro Tuesday against Germany.
They ultimately did not. Contrary to what had been announced, the Blues did not put their knees on the ground before the kick-off of their Euro match against Germany (1-0) on Tuesday night in Munich. According to information from RMC Sport, Didier Deschamps’ players were informed during the talk that the Germans had decided not to do so. The staff and the FFF learned about it at noon during the formal lunch. It was then that the decision was made between the players and the staff to retract. Some Blues and members of the staff found that this subject divided and that they wanted to bring together rather than divide.
A decision made by the players
“It was a collective decision, said Hugo Lloris after the meeting on RMC. We assume that if we have to do it, all the nations must do it with the support of UEFA. This is the case in Premier League, where the movement has been together and united. In this competition, it is less the case. This does not mean that we do not support the cause, we especially do not want racism in our sport and in the society.”
Asked about this on Wednesday at a press conference, Raphaël Varane confirmed the words of his captain. “It’s a decision that was taken by all the players. As Hugo (Lloris) said, we obviously support this cause. We discussed it among us, it is true that today this is not the same symbol as at the beginning in relation to this very strong gesture. Today it is more a symbol of tensions or tensions in relation to the fact that one team can put the knee to the ground and another team no. There is no collective momentum, a clear and strong message unanimously. So the message is not the one we want. We made this decision together, the players, “he said. it detailed.
Varane’s message of unity
Since the start of the Euro, to commit against racism, the Belgian players have notably put their knees on the ground, under the whistles of the public in Saint Petersburg, on Saturday before their match against Russia, while the Russians were remained standing. The English also did so on Sunday before facing Croatia at Wembley.
“Now, the France group represents 26 players with different origins, different skin colors … all united behind the same goal, Varane developed on Wednesday. Our way of fighting against all forms of discrimination is to show that together, with differences, by being united, we can carry values. Our goal is to unite millions of French people and fans around the world. This is the message we want to pass. a clear and unanimous message with all the football teams, obviously the France team will be the first to support such an important and powerful cause as the fight against racism and discrimination. “