Prime minister Boris Johnson has backed the England squad’s collective decision to choose the knee prior to their Euro 2021 matches this summer.
Despite strong draws by head trainer Gareth Southgate, England fans continued to boo the gesture of solidarity ahead of England’s final warm up game against Romania weekend.
Asked if Johnson encouraged the players’ protests, a spokesman said the prime minister”fully respects” their best to”make their feelings known” and added:”I’d want all England fans to be respectful in any football game and, as I have said, he respects the best of those that want to protest this manner.”
When questioned whether shooting a knee demonstrated support to the political aims of the Dark Lives Issue motion, the spokesman stressed that the prime minister is”more focused on actions rather than gestures” when it comes to handling problems of racial injustice.
But he did stop short of criticising people that have booed before, reiterating that most individuals are free to share their opinion before inviting fans to unite in their support of the federal team.