England national soccer manager unhappy with fans booing players taking a knee
England national soccer manager Gareth Southgate voiced his displeasure with fans who booed his team taking a knee before their friendly win over Austria on Wednesday, saying he heard the boos and those fans don't understand the message behind taking a knee.
"It’s not something on behalf of our black players I wanted to hear because it feels as though it’s a criticism of them. I think we have got a situation where some people seem to think it’s a political stand that they don’t agree with. That’s not the reason the players are doing it; we’re supporting each other," Southgate told reporters following his team's 1-0 victory.
There were about 7,000 people inside Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium, and the booing began as players knelt before applause drowned out the jeering.
Southgate added he was happy to hear the cheering take over the crowd noise, but the booing can't be ignored.
"I think the most important thing for our players to know is all their teammates and all the staff are very supportive," he said. "I think the majority of people understand it, I think some people aren’t quite understanding the message. I suppose we’re seeing that across a number of football grounds at the moment.
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