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Downing Street urges England fans not to boo footballers taking the knee | UK News

Downing Street has now informed England fans not to boo the soccer workforce for taking the knee in protest towards racial injustice.

Number 10 had beforehand declined to condemn those that booed gamers, as a substitute solely issuing a press release urging fans to be “respectful” and saying Boris Johnson “wants the whole country to get behind” Gareth Southgate’s aspect.

But a Downing Street spokesman mentioned on Friday: “The prime minister respects the right of all people to peacefully protest and make their feelings known about injustices.

“I believe the prime minister has spoken earlier than about his want to get all people to get behind the nationwide workforce and the PM would love to see everybody getting behind the workforce to cheer them on, not boo.”

England gamers had been met with boos by some fans when taking the knee at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough prior to the pleasant matches towards Austria and Romania final week.

The workforce has insisted taking the knee is not a political gesture and the gamers are doing it to reinforce the message that racism and discrimination will not be tolerated.

In an open letter to England fans in The Players’ Tribune, England supervisor Gareth Southgate mentioned 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.”

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