England fans boo their own players again for kneeling ahead of kick-off against Romania
Some of the English fans booed their own players as they knelt before Sunday’s friendly against Romania kicked off. The reaction comes just a day after England manager Gareth Southgate called on fans to support the players.
Players from English Premier League clubs and other parts of the world have been kneeling ahead of games since last summer, following the murder of George Floyd by police in Minnesota. It is a gesture that aims to raise awareness of the problems of racial inequality, racial injustice and police brutality.
England fans booed the protest during Wednesday’s game against Austria in Middlesbrough. And it was a mixture of applause and boos from the same stands at Riverside Stadium on Sunday:
After the midweek game, England’s Jack Grealish admitted to hearing the reaction from the fans, saying he “didn’t like him at all. None of the players liked him … That’s one thing. which we don’t want in football in general and in our games in particular. “
“I think I was just happy that the boos were quashed by the cheering supporters at the end, but I don’t think it’s a good situation, especially for us players,” the midfielder said on Saturday. English ground Kalvin Phillips. “The team talked together and we came to the conclusion that no matter what is going on around we are still going to participate in the kneeling and I think that is a great idea.
Southgate made it clear in their pre-match press conference that the team will continue to kneel down throughout the Euros 2021 tournament, which kicks off on June 11.
“In essence, people are booing their own team. I don’t really understand that,” Southgate told reporters. “Some people decide to boo. I think these people should put themselves in these young players’ shoes and how that should feel.
“We are totally united on this and totally determined to support each other and to support the team. We feel more determined than ever to take the knee to the ground during this tournament. We accept that there may be an adverse reaction and we’re just going to ignore it and move on. I think the fact that we’re going to continue has an impact.
England national team legend and broadcaster Gary Lineker had a sharp message after witnessing fans’ reaction on Sunday: