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FSA statement: England vs Austria

Before England’s international friendly fixture against Austria last night, a section of the crowd booed the England players taking the knee. Below is the FSA’s response:

Over the last 12 months professional footballers in England and Wales have been taking the knee prior to kick-off to highlight the ongoing fight against racism both here and abroad.

Last night, it was extremely disappointing to see a small section of England supporters booing this simple and respectful anti-racist gesture.

We cannot understand what would motivate someone to travel to the game, having paid good money for a ticket, only to boo their own players as their first contribution to the occasion.

We’d urge those present that booed the England players to seriously reflect on their behaviour and its racist impact – think about how it affects not just those players but the other England fans who’ve assembled to watch the beautiful game.

We commend those fans at the England-Austria game who upon hearing the booing reacted by applauding the players taking part in their demonstration.

Long may that continue – it is vital fans across the country continue to show players they are not alone in their fight against discrimination.

Support the team, support the players, support the knee.

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