The FA requests fans to respect the England players when they will take a knee at Wembley. The association stated “There can be no doubt as to why the players are taking the knee and what it represents in a footballing context. We encourage those that oppose this action to reflect on the message you are sending to the players you are supporting.”
Few supporters booed when England players took a knee ahead of their pre-tournament friendlies against Austria and Romania at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough. The fans have recently been asked to drop out any boos with applause when England will face Croatia. On the other side, Scotland has also decided to take a knee rather than standing against racism before kick-off when they face England at Wembley on Friday.
The Football Association had stated on Saturday evening “Tomorrow, our England senior men’s team will begin their Euro 2020 campaign at our home. Wembley Stadium. Major tournaments don’t come around often and when they do, it’s an opportunity to reunite friends, families and the country. This collective support is what spurs our team during challenging moments and it gives them the best chance of succeeding. We encourage those that oppose this action to reflect on the message you are sending to the players you are supporting. Please respect their wishes and remember that we should all be united in the fight to tackle discrimination together. Please do your best for them.”