Euro 2020: England coach Gareth Southgate says it is time for the nation to unite
The football association has asked fans not to boo any English players if they kneel before their European Championship match against Croatia on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.
In protest against racism, Premier League players knelt before the games last year.
But the English players were booed for doing this two warm-up games in Middlesbrough earlier this month.
“They will do their best for you. Please do your best for them,” the FA said in a statement.
It said: “As the team has often repeated, they will kneel together before their games during the tournament.
“They do this to peacefully protest against discrimination, injustice and inequality. This is personally important to the players and the values that the team represents.
“This gesture of unity and the fight against inequality can be traced back to the 18th century. It is not new and English football does not see it as an orientation towards any political organization or ideology.”
“There can be no doubt why the players go down on their knees and what that means in a football context.
“We encourage those who oppose this promotion to consider the message you are sending to the players you support.
“Please respect their wishes and remember that we should all be united in the fight against discrimination. Together.”
FA boss Mark Bullingham had previously described England’s players’ kneeling training as “incredibly disappointing”.
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