FA ask Wembley to play LOUD MUSIC to drown out booing when players take the knee for remaining Euro 2020 fixtures with some fans continuing to protest gesture before kick-off
- The FA want music to be played when players take the knee to drown out booing
- Some fans are continuing to boo the anti-discrimination gesture before kick-off
- Boos were audible before Croatia tie, so directive was made for next two games
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The FA have asked Wembley staff to play loud music at kick-off during England’s remaining European Championship matches to drown out the boos from some fans when Gareth Southgate’s players take the knee.
A small minority of England supporters are continuing to boo the anti-discrimination gesture despite repeated pleas from Southgate and the players for them to get behind the team, and the FA have responded by instructing the resident Wembley DJ to keep playing music until after kick-off.
The FA directive came after England’s opening group D game against Croatia, when the booing was clearly audible to everyone in the stadium, and as a result the jeers were much less noticeable before the subsequent matches against Scotland and the Czech Republic.
The FA have asked Wembley staff to play music when players take the knee before kick-off
Loud music will continue to be played for a few seconds after kick-off for the last 16 tie against Germany on Tuesday, while the FA have also warned England fans that anyone caught singing ‘discriminatory or disrespectful’ songs next week faces being banned from subsequent matches.
The FA will employ spotters in the crowd to identify anyone singing the notorious ‘Ten German Bombers’ song, which glorifies the RAF’s defeat of the Luftwaffe during the Second World War, after UEFA received complaints about England fans’ chanting at Wembley during the Croatia game a fortnight ago.
Several members of the England Supporters Travel Club were expelled from the group by the FA in March 2017 after fans sang the song during a friendly international against Germany in Dortmund.
Some fans have continued to boo players when they make the gesture against discrimination
England players will continue to take the knee, and the FA want the boos drowned out
‘We always encourage our fans to positively get behind the team, and this includes supporting England in the right way, before, during and after the match,’ the FA said in a statement.
‘This message will be shared with them once again before Tuesday’s fixture, as well as thanking them for their support.
‘We will also strongly condemn any behaviour at Wembley Stadium that is discriminatory or disrespectful, and we will take action where appropriate as we try to ensure all England matches are a safe and enjoyable experience.’
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