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England fans once again boo their own players for taking a knee before Romania game

Ahmed Kaballo
Press TV, London

For the second time in four days, a section of England football fans defied the wishes of England manager Gareth Southgate and booed their own players kneeling before kick-off against Romania on Sunday.

Footballers have taken to kneeling before every game for the past year in a defiant message against racism in all walks of life, following the brutal death of George Floyd at the hands of an American police officer last summer.

The return of supporters to football grounds has seen the message of Black Lives Matter movement opposed by some fans, who have found support from right-wing British politicians such as conservative MP, Lee Anderson, who has vowed to boycott England games at the European Championships over players’ decision to take the knee before matches.

Southgate held a meeting with the England squad on Friday during which they all agreed to continue taking a knee before matches meaning this controversy is far from over.

The England national team, which used to unite the masses, has now become the focal point for a debate around race, identity and patriotism; with the England manager Southgate on one side of the spectrum and the former leader of UKIP and the Brexit Party Nigel Farage on the other, indicating just how divided the nation has really become.

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