FA pleads with England fans not to boo Scottish anthem and taking knee

A vocal minority booed the Croatian anthem and their own players taking the knee ahead of England’s 1-0 win at Wembley on Sunday, despite pleas from manager Gareth Southgate and his players to respect the anti-discrimination gesture.

The FA also released a powerful statement and video on the eve of the Croatia game, reminding fans that the knee is not “aligned to a political organisation or ideology” but a stand against “inequality and injustice”.

Scotland players declined to take the knee before their defeat to the Czech Republic but will show solidarity with England by joining them in the gesture before kick-off tomorrow night.

There is expected to be around 22,500 spectators at Wembley, including 2,700 Scotland supporters, and the FA has urged home fans to support the team “in the right way”.

“On behalf of the manager and the team, please support England in the right way, before, during and after the fixture,” read an FA statement.

“This includes showing respect to each national anthem before the game. We are playing at home and we need the supporters to fully get behind the team.

“We are very pleased that both England and Scotland players will demonstrate unity when they take the knee ahead of kick-off. We thank the Scottish team for this showing of solidarity as together we highlight our common values of respect and equality.

“Please do respect the players when they take the knee as they continue to highlight and challenge discrimination, in all its forms.

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“Football is about celebrating pride and passion, not shouting abuse or discrimination. We hope everybody enjoys the day and shows their support in a way that will do their country proud, both inside and outside of Wembley Stadium.”

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