Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Sporting ExcitementSporting Excitement

Euro 2020

Euro 2020 – Majority of England fans respect taking of the knee and drown out any attempts to boo by tiny minority

, Euro 2020 – Majority of England fans respect taking of the knee and drown out any attempts to boo by tiny minority

ENGLAND fans applauded the Three Lions as they took the knee today – drowning out boos by a tiny minority. 

Fans showed respect for the gesture at Wembley by cheering as the players kneeled after pleas for support from Boris Johnson and Gareth Southgate. 

Follow ALL of the latest news and updates from Euro 2020 with our live blog

England players took the knee this afternoon

, Euro 2020 – Majority of England fans respect taking of the knee and drown out any attempts to boo by tiny minority

Midfielders Mason Mount and Kalvin Phillips take a knee before kick off

, Euro 2020 – Majority of England fans respect taking of the knee and drown out any attempts to boo by tiny minority

Captain Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and the referee take a knee

, Euro 2020 – Majority of England fans respect taking of the knee and drown out any attempts to boo by tiny minority

Kyle Walker takes the knee before kick off

Fans praised supporters in the stadium for drowning out the boos.

BBC host and ex-England player Gary Lineker wrote: “The vast majority of fans in the stadium are clearly against racism, for equality and behind their team. Well played.”

And Piers Morgan wrote: “Great to see the knee-booers drowned out by knee-cheerers.”

It came after the FA yesterday issued a final plea for fans to support the team and remain silent during the gesture. 

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

The organisation said the team was taking the knee “as a mechanism of peacefully protesting against discrimination, injustice and inequality”. 

Boris Johnson also said yesterday that he believed it was “totally wrong” to boo the England team during the tournament. 

Manager Gareth Southgate, who has participated in the gesture on the touchline, expressed his hope earlier this week that the nation would unite behind the team during the tournament.

He said: “I think we have got a situation where some people seem to think it’s a political stand that they don’t agree with.

“That’s not the reason that the players are doing it, we’re supporting each other.”

The Croatian players did not take the knee on the pitch.

, Euro 2020 – Majority of England fans respect taking of the knee and drown out any attempts to boo by tiny minority

The Croatian players did not take the knee on the pitch

, Euro 2020 – Majority of England fans respect taking of the knee and drown out any attempts to boo by tiny minority

Marcus Rashford takes the knee at the start of a match between England and Romania

The issue has divided the country, with a YouGov poll showing that 54 per cent of fans supported the gesture with 39 per cent opposed.

Supporters have pointed out that the gesture is vital in promoting an anti-racism message at a time when footballers continue to receive vile racist abuse online. 

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

But critics have claimed it politicises sport, with Tory MP Brendan Clarke-Smith last week saying that fans “are there to watch a football match, not be lectured on morality”. 

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha earlier this year stopped the gesture, saying it was “degrading”, while a number of football clubs in the Championship made the same decision. 

Certain fans who have chosen to boo also claim that the gesture is linked to Black Lives Matter, who they allege are an extreme political group – though the England players have denied any association with politics.

It marks the third time the England team has been booed for the move after jeers were heard during the Three Lions’ warm-up game at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium last week.

The Scottish FA confirmed this week that its team will take the knee at Wembley Stadium before next Friday’s clash with England.

The organisation was forced into a U-turn after facing a barrage of criticism for choosing to “stand against racism” rather than kneel.

Scotland will stand at Hampden Park for their other two group games but take the knee before playing England, it was confirmed last week.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Advertisement
Advertisement

Latest

World Cup 2022

JORDAN PICKFORD is ready to get into the minds of France’s penalty-takers if the quarterfinal goes to spot-kicks. The England keeper has a fine...

World Cup 2022

LIONEL MESSI yelled at “stupid” Dutch rival Wout Weghorst in a post-match interview after tense scenes in the World Cup quarter-final. Argentina beat Holland...

World Cup 2022

PABLO ZABALETA was one of the best right-backs in world football, winning five major trophies with Manchester City and playing for Argentina as they...

World Cup 2022

SPORTS journalist Grant Wahl has collapsed and died while covering the World Cup in Qatar – just weeks after being detained over wearing a...

World Cup 2022

THREE LIONS mascot Dave the Cat is coming home – after being adopted by England heroes John Stones and Kyle Walker. England heroes Stones...

World Cup 2022

IF HARRY MAGUIRE reckons he can simply rock up and dominate Olivier Giroud, then he will get a shock. Giroud is the perfect team...

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement