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Euro 2020 warm-up: England coach Southgate slams fans who booed players taking a knee - TechiLive.in

Euro 2020 warm-up: England coach Southgate slams fans who booed players taking a knee

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Around 7,000 fans were at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium for the Euro 2020 warm-up and jeers could be heard from sections of the crowd before they were drowned out by applause from other supporters.

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UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2021 11:27 AM IST

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England coach Gareth Southgate said some fans do not understand the message behind players taking a knee before matches after the gesture was booed ahead of Wednesday’s 1-0 friendly win over Austria.

Around 7,000 fans were at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium for the Euro 2020 warm-up and jeers could be heard from sections of the crowd before they were drowned out by applause from other supporters.

Players have been taking a knee before kickoff in support of the anti-racism ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement but Southgate said some fans view it as a “political stand” they do not agree with.

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“I was pleased it was drowned out by the majority of the crowd but we can’t deny it happened,” Southgate said.

“It’s not something on behalf of our Black players that I wanted to hear because it feels as though it is a criticism of them.

“I think the majority of people understand it. Some people aren’t quite understanding the message and I suppose we are seeing that across a number of football grounds at the moment.”

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Midfielder Jack Grealish said none of the players were happy about it.

“I think that will get talked about in the next few days,” he told Sky Sports. “It’s a thing we don’t want in football in general and especially in our games.”

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