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Mings: Minority who boo England taking knee cannot overshadow support

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yrone Mings says the minority of England fans who still choose to boo when players take a knee must not be allowed to overshadow the overwhelming support for the gesture.

The Three Lions reaffirmed their commitment to the anti-racism gesture after supporters loudly booed before warm-up games against Austria and Romania ahead of Euro 2020, citing displeasure over a link with politics and the Black Lives Matter movement.

There was however significant cheering and backing during the gesture, something Mings does not want to be lost.

“At Wembley there was a hugely positive reaction to us taking the knee as well, and I don’t think that should be overshadowed by the minority that refuse to accept what the reasons are or don’t agree with them,” the England defender said.

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Mings revealed that he has previously spoken to the Home Secretary, who seemed “so interested and engrossed in the players’ point of view and what we could do more to tackle these sort of issues.”

“To the Home Secretary, I don’t really have a direct message,” Mings said.

“I mean we spoke, actually she invited me onto a Zoom call once, where she seems so interested and engrossed in the players’ point of view and what we could do more to tackle these sort of issues.

“But at the same time, everybody’s entitled to their own opinion and the Home Secretary is one of many, many people that oppose us taking the knee or refuse to defend it.

“So, we have our own set of beliefs and what we think we can do to help and there will be players that can be influential and can stand up for what we believe in.

“Understandably, when you have such strong beliefs there will be opposition to that. So we spoke about it a lot, we spoke about trying to educate or trying to inform the minority who refuse to acknowledge why we’re taking the knee and want to do it.”


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