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Boris Johnson finally tells England fans to ‘cheer, not boo’ players taking the knee

Boris Johnson has finally informed England fans to “cheer not boo” players taking the knee – after days of skirting spherical the problem.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman had beforehand failed to condemn a minority of fans who booed players forward of Euro 2020.

But as we speak, in a not-so-hasty about flip, a No10 spokesman informed fans to “cheer not boo” as the event kicks off tonight.

The transfer – hours after a nationwide newspaper made the similar name on its entrance web page – is a victory for racial justice campaigners and Gordon Brown.

Ex-PM Mr Brown had stated: “I do think it would be very bad for Britain if these culture wars started to develop, where people seized on one instance of someone doing something and tried to make it a big issue that divided the public rather than united the public.”

It additionally leaves embarrassed Tory Education Minister Gillian Keegan, who final evening claimed taking a knee was “divisive”.



The Prime Minister’s spokesman had beforehand failed to condemn a minority of fans who booed players

Asked if Boris Johnson helps England players taking the knee, a No10 spokesman replied: “Yes. The Prime Minister respects the rights of all people to peacefully protest and make their feelings known about injustices.”

Asked if he would condemn these booing players, he replied: “I think the Prime Minister has spoken before about his desire for everybody to get behind the national team.

“And the Prime Minister would like to see everybody get behind the team to cheer them on, not boo.”

Asked if the PM agrees with Gillian Keegan that taking the knee is “divisive”, a No10 spokesman stated: “The Prime Minister respects the rights of all people to peacefully protest and to make their feelings known about injustices.”

It is a change in tune from earlier this week, when the PM’s spokesman stated: “On taking the knee, specifically, the prime minister is more focused on action rather than gestures”.

Euro 2020 will get underway this night as Turkey tackle Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

It marks the starting of a month-long competition of worldwide soccer.

England are bidding to decide up their first piece of main silverware since successful the World Cup on dwelling soil in 1966.

Wales and Scotland have additionally made it into the event, with Scotland’s opening recreation towards the Czech Republic on Monday marking the first time the males’s workforce have made it to a serious event for 23 years.

Backing his players taking the knee in an open letter to England fans in The Players’ Tribune, England supervisor Gareth Southgate stated he has “a responsibility to the wider community to use my voice, and so do the players”.

He added: “It’s their duty to continue to interact with the public on matters such as equality, inclusivity and racial injustice, while using the power of their voices to help put debates on the table, raise awareness and educate.”

Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi as we speak stated he needed to separate the image from the Black Lives Matter motion.

He stated: “The symbolism of reminding the world of how painful it is to be subjected to the racism Marcus Rashford has been subjected to… I absolutely back.

“If you then extrapolate to a Black Lives Matter movement that has a political agenda, that’s a different place.”

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