England players booed for taking knee by Poland supporters

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England players were booed and jeered for taking the knee by a section of Poland supporters on Wednesday evening having been abused by Hungary fans last week.

Gareth Southgate had praised the maturity of his players following the behaviour they were subjected to in Budapest, with Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham suffering racist abuse.

In Poland, England players took the knee before kick-off, and were met with boos and jeers from some members of the home crowd.

Poland players opted to stay on their feet while the visiting side took the knee, with captain Robert Lewandowski pointing to the respect badge on his shirt.

Poland players also choose not to take the knee in the reverse fixture back in March, with Zbigniew Boniek the head of the Poland FA, being a vocal critic of the gesture.

He said: "This is clear populism because nothing is done because of it.

“Footballers sometimes kneel and if you’d ask some of them why they’re kneeling, they wouldn’t even be able to tell you why.”

Southgate had said of booing from some England fans during Euro 2020: "Some people decide to boo.

"I think those people should put themselves in the shoes of those young players and how that must feel.

"If that was their children, if they are old enough to have children, how would they feel about their kids being in that sort of situation.

"Most important thing for our players is to know we are totally united on it, we are totally committed to supporting each other, supporting the team. We feel more than ever determined to take the knee through this tournament.

"We accept that there might be an adverse reaction and we are just going to ignore that and move forward.

"The players are sick of talking about the consequences of should they, shouldn't they. They have had enough really."

  • England Football Team
  • Gareth Southgate
  • Raheem Sterling

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