Mon Jul 12th, 2021 at 12:51:57 PM EST
Euro's, COVID and political footballs: Diplomacy on and off the pitch
Boris Johnson refuses to condemn fans booing England taking the knee
Backtracks a few days later FWIW
Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger
Euro 2020: Don't boo footballers taking the knee, Boris Johnson tells England fans
Denying Racism Is Not Helpful
PM Boris Johnson just like his "hero" Trump refuses to own up to it ... abuse will only spread! A dark day of what should have been a wonderful sports match.
Racist Abuse Targets Three English Players In Soccer's European Championship Finals | TIME |
Hand In Hand - Racism and Hooliganism
Back to normalcy of hooliganism ...
On the day the tournament started on 11 June, the prime minister did not condemn fans who jeered when England players took the knee during two warm-up games.
Instead, Johnson said he wanted to see fans "getting behind the team to cheer them on" - and was then accused of not having "the guts to call it out" by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.
PM Johnson accused of not having "the guts to call it out" racism England team by Labour Party.
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Racist abuse of England players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho & Bukayo Saka 'unforgivable' | BBC News |
European football's governing body Uefa condemned the "disgusting racist abuse", adding: "We stand by the players and the FA's call for the strongest possible punishments."
On Monday, League Two side Leyton Orient said they had banned a fan for three years in connection with the abuse.
"The supporter in question's actions on Twitter were alerted to the club late last night, and action has been taken swiftly to issue a banning order," the club said.
END OF UPDATE
See my earlier posts as the match progressed and the contours of confrontation were already visible! 🙃🔥🦁