FA urge fans to consider impact of booing players taking the knee


he Football Association have called for unity among fans ahead of their Euro 2020 opener with Croatia and urged supporters to consider the impact booing taking the knee will have on players.

England plan to take the knee ahead of all their games at Euro 2020, with the squad doing so to peacefully protest against discrimination, injustice and inequality.

There are fears, however, that supporters may boo the gesture – as was the case when England did it ahead of their warm-up games in Middlesbrough earlier this month.

Some fans believe taking the knee has become political and voice their displeasure at this by booing the action.

England and Southgate have continually stressed they are not making a political statement, with the FA reinforcing that again on the eve of the Three Lions beginning their Euro 2020 campaign against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday.

The FA have urged fans to consider what impact it will have on the players if they are booed and called for unity among supporters too.

“Tomorrow, our England senior men’s team will begin their EURO 2020 campaign at our home, Wembley Stadium,” the FA said in a statement.

“Major tournaments don’t come around often and when they do, it’s an opportunity to unite friends, families and the country. This collective support is what spurs our team on during challenging moments and it gives them the best chance of succeeding.

“As the team has reiterated many times, they will collectively take the knee ahead of their fixtures during the tournament.

“They are doing this as a mechanism of peacefully protesting against discrimination, injustice and inequality. This is personally important to the players and the values the team collectively represents.

England’s Jack Grealish and Kalvin Phillips take the knee before the international friendly against Romania

/ PA Wire

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