England are determined “more than ever” to kneel down at Euro 2020, Gareth Southgate said.
it comes after some fans booed when the players made the anti-racism gesture ahead of Wednesday’s warm-up match against Austria at Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough.
Ahead of Sunday’s game against Romania at the same venue, the England boss said: “The first thing is that we are collectively really disappointed. [the booing] come.
“Some people decide to boo – I think these people should put themselves in these young players’ shoes and what it must be like, and if it was their children, how would they feel if their children were in that genre. situation. “
The sight of players kneeling before kick-off has become a staple in English football since last summer, designed to highlight police brutality and discrimination as a Black lives matter movement took off in the world after the murder of George floyd.
Despite this, players including the English star Marcus Rashford have regularly been subjected to racist abuse online, add to calls on social media companies take tougher action against accounts that engage in abuse.
Southgate continued: “The most important thing for our players is to know that we are totally united on this (taking the knee), we are totally committed to supporting each other, supporting the team.
“We feel more determined than ever to get down to the knee during this tournament. We accept that there may be an adverse reaction and we are just going to ignore it and move on.
“I think the players are fed up with talking about the consequences of should they, shouldn’t they. They really have had enough. As far as I’m concerned, they’re not going to answer any more questions about this during the game. tournament. If it happens, it happens. They are very clear. Their voices have …
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